By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Lady Knights girls tennis team (10-1) put together a run of nine wins in a row, but that run came to an end on Monday, May 4 and the Knights were dealt their first loss of the season when they fell to NW Catholic Indians (8-2), 4-3.
“I think some of the girls are taking it to heart because they see how close it was,” said Southington coach Robin Thompson. “They think maybe if I did this or done that, it might have been different. Yeah, that’s true, but it’s a building process. I would have loved to win, but I’m happy with the effort.”
Catie Wormer dropped the first set, but survived to win in split sets. Wormer snatched the second set, 7-6 (7-5), and finishing out the third, 6-3. Alex Barmore and Angela Balaoing won in straight sets at singles.
For the first time this season, Southington was swept in doubles. Cassidy Race-Rianna Susco came close, losing by tiebreaker in the first set before losing in split sets.
“I said to the kids after the match that we competed really well today,” the coach said. “I think it was a good learning opportunity for some girls. NW has a lot of quality players and they typically do. It’s a little bit of a setback, but hopefully we’ll learn from it and I told them we’re going to continue to compete, scrap, and fight our way through the conference.”
The Knights recovered from the loss on Friday and returned to winning ways with a 7-0 shutout against the East Hartford Hornets (2-10).
East Hartford’s No.1 singles player, Jen Marques, made things interesting in the first set with Barmore, only losing the set 6-4. However, Barmore didn’t drop a game in the second set, going on to sweep Marques.
Balaoing, Wormer and Gimenez all won in straight sets in singles. The Knights’ singles players only dropped five games as a whole.
Race-Susco, Sam Lohneiss-Kayla Kavanagh, and Abby Roy-Kristen Mathew all won in straight sets in doubles, only dropping four games as a whole.
“East Hartford is battle-tested,” said Thompson. “They’ve lost a lot of matches this year, but they’re still the most genuine, sincere group of girls. That’s a reflection on the coach.”
The Knights still remain in first place in the CCC West and remain two matches ahead of New Britain (8-3). , 1.5 matches ahead of Northwest Catholic (8-2), Hall (8-2), and Newington (8-2), and .5 of a match ahead of Farmington (8-0).
The Knights hope to stay on the positive path through upcoming conference play when they host the Simsbury Trojans (7-2).