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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Press photo by Katie McDonaldLeft to right, Twinkle Gupta and Megan Smith came up big at three doubles, and Meg Cavanaugh and Hannah Nicholls won at four doubles in Freedom’s 5-2 victory over Nazareth. Press photo by Katie McDonaldLeft to right, Twinkle Gupta and Megan Smith came up big at three doubles, and Meg Cavanaugh and Hannah Nicholls won at four doubles in Freedom’s 5-2 victory over Nazareth.

Pates top Nazareth

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ tennis coach Mark Sigmon knew it would take a few matches to be able to determine how well the Patriots’ doubles teams would do this season, but by the end of August, Sigmon had his answer.

“Three and four doubles came through again,” said Sigmon after the Patriots defeated Nazareth 5-2 last week. “They’re undefeated. They haven’t even had a three-set match. They’re rolling.

“If they keep doing that ... We still have Easton and Moravian Academy, and if we can win those, we could be 16-0, but I’d be happy with 13-3. They are surprising me because they’ve been winning so relatively easily.”

At three doubles, Megan Smith and Twinkle Gupta won their match against Nazareth 6-3, 6-4, and at four doubles, Meg Cavanaugh and Hannah Nicholls defeated the Blue Eagles 6-3, 6-1.

“Nazareth, so far, was the hardest team to beat,” Smith said. “In the first set, we were trying to get a feel for how they played and to think of strategies. One girl had a really good serve. Both of us had really good volleys.”

Gupta believes the Nazareth match was the best she and Smith played together.

“I think this was our strongest game,” Gupta said. “The second set was a little harder, but we got up two games at the end. We didn’t want to go to a third set. You don’t want to play more than you have to. It’s more pressure.”

At two doubles, Anjali and Olivia Chhugani lost 4-6, 4-6, and Jessika Klo lost at three singles 3-6, 4-6, but Becky Placko won a three-set match at two singles 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.

“I knew I was the deciding set, and it was a lot of pressure,” Placko said. “I wanted to play my game, not hers.”

Jenn Soika’s game relied heavily on the lob.

“I waited till the ball got low enough to hit straight. I knew how to run her and make sure not to get her up to the net,” said Placko.

Natalie Sinai won at one singles by forfeit, and Alyssa Kapcsos and Natasha Katchur won at one doubles 8-5.

“We have some easier matches [this week], but we have to be careful because Beca is coming up, and that will be a big challenge,” Placko said.