Tennis - Varsity Girls
vs. Cardinal Gibbons High School
|Date:||October 4, 2017|
DA tennis hosted Cardinal Gibbons Wednesday in a battle of two teams in the News and Observer's top-5. The Cavaliers fought hard in both doubles and singles but fell 6-3, their first loss in over six weeks. In doubles play, the first doubles team of sophomores Alexis Galloway and Madeline Towning were neck and neck early with Knors and Galush before the Crusader duo took control and won 8-3. The second doubles duo of Callwood and George remained unbeaten this year as they took a solid 8-3 win over Preti and Kruger. At third doubles, Riepl and King, undefeated this season, trailed early but rallied for a 5-4 lead. Fitzgerald and Ruocchio then stormed back to take a 7-5 lead. Despite holding off four match points, King and Riepl lost 8-6. For King, its her first loss as a member of the varsity tennis team after starting her career with 30 consecutive wins.
In singles play, DA took four first sets and played tough tennis all the way around. Towning took a 2&1 win on court 3 to even the match at 2. Gibbons would then jump in front 4-2 as Callwood and Hunter lost in straight sets on courts 1 and 5. With DA needing all three matches left on court, George gave the Cavs their third point with a 1&0 win on four over Ruocchio. DA needed to take the final two matches and both Cavs had first sets. Galloway rallied for a first set tiebreak win over Galush, but then the Crusader #2 stromed back for a 6-0, 10-6 win. With the match already sealed Gibbons took the final point as Knorr rallied for a 1-6, 6-3, 10-6 victory over Riepl. The Cavs are now 15-2 and 7-0 in TISAC with Friday's road match at Ravenscroft next up.
10/4 Cardinal Gibbons 6 - Durham Academy 3
Jenna Knors CG def. Joy Callwood 6-1, 6-2
Karen Galush CG def. Alexis Galloway 6-7(2), 6-0, 10-6
Madeline Towning DA def. Callah Preti 6-2, 6-1
Renee George DA def. Lily Ruocchio 6-0, 6-1
Emma Kruger CG def. Taylor Hunter 6-1, 6-2
Piper Knorr CG def. Nicole Riepl 1-6, 6-3, 10-6
Knors/Galush CG def. Towning/Galloway 8-3
Callwood/George DA def. Preti/Kruger 8-3
Karly Fitzgerald/Ruocchio CG def. Riepl/Julia King 8-6
Order of Finish: D- 1(:48), 2(:58), 3(:59) S- 3(:51), 1(1:07), 5(1:13), 4(1:15), 2*(1:30), 6(1:45)