Submitted by Coach Bob Gainey

The Varsity Girls Tennis team took to the court last week against the East Aurora Blue Devils and lost 5-0.  The loss was a tough one for the team, but there were plenty of bright spots to take away from the match.

The doubles team of Anna Franklin and Maddie Safford played brilliantly throughout the first and second, sets but couldn’t quite get over the hump.

Rachel O’Neal and Shelby Buckley won their exhibition doubles match by a set score of 6-1.  They have improved so much over a short period of time.

Despite the loss, the team is tied for second in the league and will hope to rebound tonight when they travel to Alden.

The following day, the varsity girls tennis team dropped their league contest against the Alden Bulldogs by a score of 5-0. Despite the lopsided result the girls played with much more energy and effort compared to their outing against East Aurora. Hannah Yetter lost her first singles contest 6-0, 6-2 but she played hard throughout the match and made things difficult on her opponent. Caleigh Trzynski dropped her match 6-0 and 6-2 respectively but showed great progress with her ground strokes and her ability to extend points. Rachel O’Neal lost her 3rd singles matchup by a score of 6-0, 6-1. This was Rachel’s first varsity match and she showed great determination and hustle throughout both sets.

In doubles action Haley Cerrone and Maria Rumfola dropped both of their sets by a score of 6-2 and 6-2. Both Maria and Haley showed flashes of brilliance with some excellent forehand winners and great volleys at the net. In second doubles action Maddie Safford and Anna Franklin dropped both sets 6-2 and 6-1. Their serving was consistent throughout the match and their ability to run down tough alley shots was impressive.

Despite the loss the team is 1-2 overall and will look to rebound on Friday night when they travel to Eden.

On Friday, the girls dropped a marathon of a match to the Eden Raiders by a score of 3-2.

Springville got off to a hot start behind first singles player Hannah Yetter.  Hannah played brilliantly all over the court as she was ripping ground strokes and making smart plays to get a two set win by a score of 6-1 and 6-1.

In second singles action, Maria Rumfola stepped up and played a tough three set match but eventually lost in the final set.  Maria battled back after being down a set (3-6) and dominated set number two by a score of 6-0.  Despite losing the last set, Maria was clearly the better player between the two players.

In third singles action, Rachel O’Neal fell in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) but continues to demonstrate an incredible amount of development on the court.

In first doubles action, Haylee Cerrone and Maddie Safford joined forces and won their match in straight sets by a score of 6-4 and 6-1.  Haylee did a terrific job with her ground strokes down the alleys and Maddie was tremendous placing her serves at the opponents’ weaknesses.

In second doubles action, Anna Franklin and Shelby Buckley played into the night but eventually fell in three sets (6-7, 6-4, 6-4.)  Anna was a beast at the net ending many points in favor of the Lady Griffs.  Shelby did a great job stepping in and playing well to give her team a chance to win.

Despite the loss, the Lady Griffs showed off quality depth as the team was down their regular first and second singles players.  It was an excellent night all around for the team.

The girls hosted Tonawanda on Monday and came away with a 5-0 win. The match was originally scheduled to be a doubleheader, but the rain ended up cancelling the second match. The Lady Griffs started fast behind the strong play by 1st doubles players Cerrone and Safford. They handled their opponents easily by a score of 8-1. Tonawanda had to forfeit their second doubles spot, which meant 1st, 2nd and 3rd singles were still up for grabs. Hannah Yetter did great in the 1st singles spot, winning her match by a score of 6-2. In second singles action, Caleigh Trzcinski dominated her opponent by a score of 6-3. Lastly, Maria Rumfola was great once again in singles action as she walked away from her match winning 6-2.