Girls tennis rebounds from first loss of the season

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Lady Knights (7-1) suffered their first loss of the season over the week, but still managed to garner two wins to move closer to qualifying for the Class L tournament.

Tennis 2Southington welcomed Farmington to their home courts on Monday, April 25, but fell short, 5-2, for their first loss this year.

Kristen Mathew and Abby Roy both won in straight sets, but they were the only Southington players to win their individual matches. Roy remains undefeated on the season. Angela Balaoing and Natalie Gimenez both fell in straight sets.

Coral Tommervik and Samantha Barmore took the first set of their match in a tiebreaker, but surrendered the next two sets, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-2. Molly Murphy and Carolyn Callahan also battled through a first set tiebreaker, but fell in straight sets, 7-6 (7), 6-2. Sam Lohneiss and Kayla Kavanagh lost straight sets as well.

The Knights recovered a couple days later at Windsor with a 7-0 win over the Warriors. Southington lost a total of 10 games in the match.

Balaoing, Gimenez, Mathew, and Roy won in straight sets. Balaoing and Gimenez dropped just a game apiece.

Lohneiss-Kavanagh, Murphy-Callahan, and Tommervik-Barmore won in straight straight sets as well. Lohneiss and Kavanagh were flawless in their victory, while Tommervik and Barmore gave up just one game.

Southington recorded their fourth shutout of the year on Friday with a 7-0 shutout at Bulkeley-HMTCA. The Knights lost just six games in the match.

Balaoing was tested in her match, but still achieved success in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Gimenez, Mathew, and Roy won in straight sets without dropping a game.

Lohneiss-Kavanagh and Murphy-Callahan also won in straight sets without a blemish. Tommervik and Barmore dropped just one game in their match.

As the Knights reach the midpoint of their season, Southington’s schedule gets tougher. But as Southington coach Robin Thompson explains, this is the time when heroes are made.

“Every time we hit may May, this is where our season gets defined,” said Thompson. “We hit a consistently tougher schedule. We have to be able to handle and adjust to a higher quality of play.”

And at this point of the season with about four weeks to go, Thompson said that her team’s “skills are their skills.”

“The skills that we have will pretty much be what is going to carry us through,” said Thompson. “We’ve been focusing a lot more on strategy, positioning, and tactics.”

The Knights need two more wins to qualify for the state tournament and will look to do so this week when they travel to Hall (6-0) on Tuesday and EO Smith (4-2) on Wednesday, before returning home on Friday to face Glastonbury (6-0).

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