Athletics

Girls Tennis Takes a Hard-earned Victory

On April 18, the Danes traveled to Memorial Park to take on CSCS in a regular season dual match.  All of the girls were ready to get back on track after losing a very close match to Vanguard on Tuesday.  With the wind continuing to be a factor, the Danes battled hard and were rewarded for their efforts in a close 4-3 victory.

Isa Fernandez '21 continued her tenure at the #1 singles position. Fernandez had a rough time getting started, as her groundstrokes seemed to be causing her some trouble.  Not only was Isa struggling, but her opponent was playing quite well. After losing the first set 6-1, Fernandez started playing better, but her opponent raised her game as well.  Unfortunately for Fernandez, the match was tilted too heavily in favor of CSCS, and fell in the final set 6-3. In the longest match of the day, Tory Jensa played in the #2 singles position. Jensa was crushing her groundstrokes, which wreaked havoc on her opponent. However, CSCS played very strong throughout the match, making Jensa work for almost every point. Both girls showed great determination and grit as they fought back and forth. Ultimately, Jensa’s aggressive play took over, as she finished the match victorious: 7-5, 7-6(9). Riko Yoshida arrived ready to play, but the #3 singles player of CSCS defaulted.

Riley Van Wagner '19 and Emma Nizami '20 Played together in the #1 doubles position.  The match started out a bit slow, with both teams cautious to make mistakes. Once the pleasantries were out of the way, Nizami and Van Wagner hit the gas, and never looked back.  As usual, the aggressive net play catapulted the Danes to victory, as their opponents were outmatched and overwhelmed. The Danes captured victory by a score of 6-3, 6-2. Kim Macdonald '21 and Belinda Garrow '19 played their best match to date at the #2 doubles position.  Starting off with a bang, Garrow and Macdonald caught their opponents off guard. Both girls were flying around the court, putting volleys away and chasing down some really tough shots. After winning the first set 6-3, Garrow and Macdonald looked to finish off the match in the same fashion.  Unfortunately, their opponents had a different idea, and started playing much better. After beating the Danes 6-2 in the second set, a third set tie-break was needed to determine a winner. Both teams were playing well and fighting for every point, unfortunately it was CSCS who were able to squeak out a victory by a score of 10-8.  

Ashby Baker '19 and Zoe Banta '19 also played one of their best matches at #3 doubles. Baker and Banta started playing great right out of the gates. Both Danes players were utilizing lobs and excellent returns, especially Baker, whose backhand return was stellar all afternoon. After winning the first set 6-3, Banta and Baker found themselves in a hard fought match the rest of the way.  After being neck and neck the entire second set, the Danes couldn’t win a few crucial points to finish the match off. After losing the second set 7-6(5), Baker and Banta lost the third set tiebreaker 11-9, which handed them the loss. Both Danes played particularly well, and were very close to a big win. In the #4 doubles position, Marlee Brooks '19 and Maria Wei '19 played great together.  As in most cases, both sides were careful in the first few games. Trying to get a gauge on the opponents, Wei and Brooks started out with solid returns. After they got comfortable, the Danes took it to the opponents with little mercy. Wei and Brooks found holes in the CSCS defense, and utilized great strategy to finish off the points. Brooks and Wei won the match 6-3, 6-2.

The Danes will Host Widefield on Friday as they look to continue improving the last few weeks of the season.
 
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