Liberty downs ESS
Liberty’s girls’ tennis doubles teams assured the Hurricanes’ 4-3 victory over East Stroudsburg South last week at Liberty.
Paige Simons and Julia Zheng clinched the match over the Cavaliers when they won at first doubles 6-3, 6-0.
“I was a little bit worried because of the pressure, but I had a feeling we would pull through,” said Simons.
Earlier in the day, Simons won by forfeit at one singles, but Zheng lost at two singles 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
“When I lost my first match, I felt kind of down, but Paige lifted us up. We just went with it. We kept a simpler mindset,” Zheng said.
It was the first doubles match Simons and Zheng played together.
“It felt kind of natural. We had consistency,” said Simons.
At three singles, Angelique Ronca lost in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 1-6, but Gabby Harvilla and Kendra Siegfried won in three sets at two doubles 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.
“Communication was the key. We know how to push each other. We really pulled it together,” said Siegfried. “They showed their emotions a lot more, chucking the ball back. We had to keep our head in the game.”
At one point in the third set, the Cavaliers were ahead by two games.
“We’ve been best friends for years, so it was easy to get in the match. There were a lot of good rallies on both sides, and Kendra put one away at their feet,” Harvilla said. “It was one of our best matches so far.”
At three doubles, Margeaux Donchez and Braden Drake won for the Hurricanes 6-0, 6-4.
Gabby Palermo and Lexi Montero lost in three sets at four doubles 6-3, 5-7, 2-6.