Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Varsity Tennis Dominates Harrison 5-0 in Season Opener

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Mount Vernon Girls Tennis opened the season with a decisive win over the Harrison Warriors with both the Varsity and Junior Varsity squads going undefeated in the days matches. #1 singles Morgan Woods played a clean match against Anolie Heaton, winning 6-0 & 6-2 behind a crushing serve and solid return game. Wrapping up their match in a similar fashion was the #2 Doubles team of Maggie Jones and Drew Scates, who cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Harrison’s Carlie Heaton & Lucie Heaton. Although this marked their first foray into varsity doubles, the team of Jones & Scates looked like seasoned competitors often moving as a single unit on the court, aggressively poaching shots near the net and punishing ground strokes from the baseline. The #1 doubles pairing also featured a new player to the varsity lineup with Leah Bilskie partnering with Maggie Collins in a hard-won match against Shannon Reid & Gabrielle Guzman. Collins and Bilskie fought back from a 5-4 deficit to win the first set in a tie-breaker 7-6(2). The second set proved easier with both players hitting their stride to secure a 6-1 victory and clinch the win for Mount Vernon. In her varsity tennis debut at #3 singles, Carlota Romero-Campos won a tough match against Brandi Dixon with both players showing versatility in their games, using everything from backhand slices to top spin lobs throughout. In the end, Romero-Campos’ crushing backhand proved too much and she came away with a 6-3, 7-6(5) victory. In the final varsity match of the night, #2 singles player Bryley Harms took on Harrison’s Jordan Stanley. Harms came away with the first set 6-1, then dropped the second set 4-6. In the deciding third set, Harms overcame a 2-1 early deficit and rattled off five straight games, mixing a blistering first serve with chips and slices that would secure the final set 6-2 and the clean sweep for Mount Vernon. It was more of the same in junior varsity action with Abbey Keitel and Emma Schmidt winning both of their doubles matches 8-2 & 6-0. In both matches, Keitel’s overpowering forehand coupled with Schmidt’s ability as a net player proved too much for the competition. The remaining two junior varsity doubles teams were all making their Mount Vernon High School Tennis debut with Brooklyn Shell and Jenna Veatch up first and Alison Gansman and Lexi Cole to follow. Shell and Veatch took their matches 6-1 & 6-0 with both players putting away volleys at the net and chasing down every shot they could get a racquet on. Gansman and Cole took an early lead in their first match before closing it out 6-4 and then managed a 6-0 win in the second match behind Cole’s aggressive net play and Gansman’s solid baseline backhand.