Submitted by Coach Bob Gainey
Last Wednesday, the Varsity girls tennis team pulled their record to 3-3 overall on the season with a triumphant 3-2 win over the Depew Wildcats. The girls took 3rd singles due to a forfeit and won their second point on the day behind the stellar play of 1st doubles players Maria Rumfola and Haylee Cerrone. Both girls played at an incredibly high level to win in straight sets 6-2 and 6-2. The team clinched the victory behind the 2nd doubles tandem of Rachel O’Neal and Anna Franklin by a score of 6-4 and 6-3. Anna was magnificent at the net smashing easy volleys to get crucial points for her team. Rachel made her debut in varsity doubles and played with great energy and solid play throughout the match
In first singles action, Hannah Yetter turned in another strong performance despite the result (1-6 and 3-6). She is showing tremendous improvement in her overall game while playing the very best ECIC 4 has to offer. Caleigh Trzcinski dropped her match in straight sets (2-6 and 0-6), but played with a lot of energy against a tough opponent.
Rounding out the match were Shelby Buckley and Maddie Safford who won their match in straight sets during their exhibition sets.
On Friday, the girls climbed out of an early deficit to defeat the visiting Cheektowaga Warriors by a score of 4-1. SGI had to forfeit the third singles position so that meant Springville had to win three out of the four matches to take home the win, and they did just that and more.
The girls took the first point on the afternoon behind the strong play of first doubles competitors Haylee Cerrone and Maria Rumfola (6-2, 6-0.) Both girls displayed consistency from the service line and had many ground stroke winners for the comfortable win.
The next point was won by the duo of Anna Franklin and Rachel O’Neal (6-1, 6-0.) Anna was ferocious at the net ending many points in favor of the Lady Griffs and Rachel continues to show her improvement in all phases of her game.
The next match was won by second singles player Caleigh Trzcinski (6-2, 6-1), thanks in large part to her consistent ground strokes throughout the match. The senior was determined to come away with the win for herself and teammates!
The fourth point was won by first singles player Hannah Yetter (6-3, 6-1). Hannah played well throughout the match jumping on her opponent’s second serve and driving home countless winners to bring home the win.
In exhibition action, Grace Terhune won her set by a score of 6-3 and displayed her consistent play throughout the match.
On Monday, the girls dropped their first home match of the year, falling to East Aurora 5-0. Hannah Yetter played first singles for the team and made some terrific shots on the day. Her opponent was undefeated going into the match and she eventually lost 6-0, 6-0.
In second singles, Caleigh Trzcinski lost 6-4, 6-2, but played a hard fought match. Caleigh played lots of long points during the match and made some terrific shots in the loss.
In third singles, Maria Rumfola lost 6-3, 6-1 but was consistent with all her ground strokes on the day. Maria has done a great job playing both in the singles and doubles positions.
In first doubles, Haylee Cerrone and Maddie Safford fell 6-2 and 6-4. The girls played an excellent second set (taking a 3-0 lead) but eventually lost due to a couple missed shots from the baseline. It was a nice comeback though despite the first set result.
In second doubles action, Rachel O’Neal and Anna Franklin lost 6-2 and 6-1. Both girls played with great hustle throughout the match and made every point tough to earn for the opposition.
In exhibition action, Shelby Buckley and Grace Terhune lost 6-1, but played well together and had a couple nice winners on the day.
On Tuesday, the girls traveled to Amherst for a non-league match and lost 5-0. The Tigers overwhelmed the Lady Griffs at all five levels with their high level of play. Despite the result, it was an excellent experience for the team to provide them with confidence moving forward against Division 4 opponents. The lone bright spot on the evening came when Haylee Cerrone and Maddie Safford won a set in exhibition action by a score of 7-5.