Beaumont is of course French for beautiful mountain, and that’s where some of our players found themselves – at the bottom of beautiful mountain rolling a boulder up to the top, only to have it tumbling down again. This was a challenging day for our doubles teams, but let us start with the singles.
Lorena, Ritika, and Anabella had a combined 24-7 record coming into the match, and fortunately went 3-0 to cinch the overall match for South. Lorena and Ritika calmly dismantled their opponents with symmetric 6-1, 6-2 scores proving why they are AP Tennis players. Little coaching was needed, as they would play these points where a rally would go six to ten shots before their opponents would decide to hit the ball off the back fence. Lorena and Ritika are also AP at PTW (Psychological Tennis Warfare) .
Anabella phaced a bit of a phreshman phenom, but she was not phased. It is clear that her opponent has a bright phuture, but phor now, Anabella was the veteran who used a wide variety of shots to phrustrate her talented phoe.
Second doubles and exhibition had a tough day. Ashley Banas fought against a player known simply as “Gianna” on the tennis circuit, and even a rudimentary knowledge of pop culture tells you that one word names are trouble. I mean who sings better than Cher? Who plays guitar better than Prince? Who makes better highlights than LeBron? One word name people are often difficult.
Second doubles faced an extremely well-coached, disciplined team that refused to make mistakes and enjoyed hitting winners. There were glimmers of success for Gigi and Shayna, but the sun was shining on the other team on this particular day.
And that brings us to our marquee match-up. South’s Zaverl and Rozenberg entered the match 10-1, while their opponents were 10-0. The match started awkwardly with our heroes down 6-3, 4-0. I mean…two more games and it’s a blowout…and we cry ourselves to sleep.
But cue the military band and hold on to your hats, because a comeback was underway. Zaverl and Rozenberg charged back to a 6-6 tie and forced a second set tiebreaker. But then they fell behind 5-2 in the tiebreaker, essentially two points from heartbreak. They came from behind again reeling off 5 straight points to win the second set tiebreak at 7-5.
The match would now be decided by a ten point “matchbreaker,” and could anything stop our super-fun-happy-duper doubles team? The built an early lead and hung on for a 10-8 victory against their toughest matchup of the year. If we were in France, I can we’d call this the comeback of Notre Dame. I don’t know if that pun works, so here are the scores:
Lorena Jevnikar (S) def. H. Desamito (B) 6-1, 6-2
Ritika Chakraborty (S) def. N. Kelley (B) 6-2, 6-1
Anabella Noel (S) def. L. Franley (B) 6-3, 6-3
Andreanna Zaverl and Irene Rozenberg (S) def. KK McNeil and J. Patton (B) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-8)
L. Stewart and C. Jones (B)) def. Gigi Crockett-Tomasio and Shayna Patel (S) 0-6, 1-6
Gianna Velotta (B) def. Ashley Banis (S) 6-0, 6-0 [exhibition]
South: 11-1 (5-1)