Bethlehem Press

Friday, September 21, 2018

Liberty tops PV in tennis

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Extreme weather changes during Liberty’s tennis match against Pleasant Valley threatened the outcome, but the Hurricanes were able to hang on and pull out a 4-2 victory over the Bears last week at Liberty.

“The tornado,” Sophia Carpenter laughed, “you would hit the ball, and it would start moving.”

Carpenter and three doubles partner Regan Gunn won their match after winning the first set easily, 6-1, losing the second set, 6-7, and winning the third, 10-5.

Weather conditions were sunny and hot at the start of the match, but strong winds came in, making control extremely difficult.

“It was kind of rare,” Gunn said.

Gunn is new to tennis, as is her partnership with Carpenter.

“We really didn’t want to lose,” said Gunn. “I think we were consistent in the first set.”

Carpenter’s serves were on, and Gunn had three aces.

“We were good at the baseline, and we didn’t have many volleys,” Carpenter said. “We talk on the court a lot.”

The Hurricanes also won at three doubles where Braden Drake and Margeaux Donchez prevailed, 6-2,6-0, but Gabriella Palermo and Shivani Patel lost at four doubles, 3-6, 3-6.

Liberty’s Paige Simons lost at one singles, 3-6, 5-7, but Angie Ronca won at two singles, 6-2, 6-1.

Julia Zheng also won at three singles, 6-2, 7-5.

“I was concentrating a lot more in the first set, and I had a lot of unforced errors in the second set,” Zheng said. “I had a lot of trouble with serves and returns, but once I got the point started, I was fine. I thought a lot about placement and moving the girl from side to side.”

Liberty is 5-2 and two wins away from matching last year’s win total.