LHS 3-0 after a week
With one week of high school tennis in the books, the Liberty Hurricanes got off to a 3-0 start that included an upset, a blowout, and a 4 1/2 hour match in sweltering heat.
The latter, against Whitehall, was Liberty’s first match of the new season, played at Whitehall last Monday when Veronica Lynn and Margeaux Donchez clinched the 4-3 victory at one doubles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, against Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub.
Earlier in the day, Lynn lost to Pedraza, 3-6, 3-6, and Angie Ronca lost to Yacoub, 0-6, 0-6, but Donchez defeated Nicole Asmar 7-6, 6-2, all in singles play.
At two doubles, Liberty’s Sruti Tekumalla and Emily Masters lost to Heylee Chan and Emily Tran, 4-6, 3-6, but at three doubles, Liberty’s Shivani Patel and Gabby Palermo beat Marina Fayez and Delana Spencer, 6-0, 6-0.
The Hurricanes also won at four doubles with Jess Long and Aeman Ali defeating Afaf Nazif and Sydney Holderman, 6-0, 6-1.
Next came the upset against Nazareth, 4-3, last Thursday at Nazareth.
Liberty coach Chris Conrad credited Long and Ali as coming up clutch in their 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, win at four doubles.
Also in doubles play, Tekumalla and Masters won at two doubles, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, and Patel and Palermo won at three doubles, 6-1, 6-4.
In singles play, Lynn won 7-6, 7-6, Ronca lost 0-6, 1-6, and Hermani Patel lost 3-6, 0-6.
Saturday’s road trip to Bangor resulted in a 6-0 victory for Liberty.
Lynn won at one singles, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, Ronca won at two singles, 6-4, 6-0, and Donchez won at three singles, 6-1, 6-3.
Continuing the sweep, Tekumalla and Masters won at two doubles, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), Patel and Palermo won at three doubles, 6-1, 6-2, and Long and Ali finished it off winning at four doubles, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).
This week, Liberty plays its first match at home on Wednesday against Pocono Mountain East, followed by another home match on Friday against East Stroudsburg North.