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Girls' tennis avenges losses in huge week


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Gilford’s Lindsey Corsack returns a shot at fourth singles during her 8-2 win against Moultonboro Academy’s Ally Lively at Camp Robindel on May 3. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
May 07, 2012
MOULTONBORO – It was a big win at a big time of the season for the Gilford High School girls' tennis team, as the Lady Eagles avenged one of their two losses on the season on May 3. Behind a dominating performance during singles play, Gilford earned a key road victory over Moultonboro Academy, 7-2, in a cool, overcast day at Camp Robindel to enter this week 8-2 overall in the Division III standings.

After falling to MA, 6-3, back on April 16, the Eagles made sure to take care of business in the rematch during singles play. Cheralynn Corsack (8-6) and Charleyne Panner (8-3) were victorious at the top of the Gilford lineup, while Olivia Broderick (8-3) won at third singles and Lindsey Corsack (8-2) was an easy winner at fourth singles. Freshman Emily Hanf made for the deciding point at number six singles, as she fell behind 7-2 but came all the way back for a huge 9-8 (7-3) win in a tiebreaker over MA's Jenn Lively.

In doubles action, Cheralynn Corsack and Panner teamed for an easy 8-1 win in the top spot, while Broderick and Lindsey Corsack were 8-6 winners at number two doubles. Sarah Anderson and Hanf rounded out the day with a close 8-6 loss to Jenn Lively and Megan Wallace in the third doubles slot.

It was almost an identical script for the Eagles earlier in the week against Profile, as Gilford picked up a huge 5-4 win against a team it lost to in the season-opener.

This one wasn't easy by any means, as the squad handed Profile its first loss of the season in Division III thanks to the bottom of the lineup. While Gilford's top three singles players all fell in tight matches to their Profile counterparts, the fourth, fifth and sixth singles players came up big. Lindsey Corsack (8-4), Anderson (8-4) and Hanf (8-6) won singles matches to send the match to doubles play all square at 3-3.

Cheralynn Corsack and Panner rebounded from tough singles losses to earn a valuable point at first doubles, 8-5. Broderick and Lindsey Corsack fell in their second doubles match, 8-3, setting up the tandem of Anderson and Hanf at third doubles with the match on the line. The duo delivered, as they pulled out an 8-5 win to clinch the match and put the Eagles in great positioning with the postseason right around the corner. Gilford entered the week in the second spot in the D-III standings, with the top six qualifying for the tournament.

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