Wave girls romp
Greenfield High School did not lose a single game in either of the two doubles matches and improved to 6-1 on the season with a 3-2 independent girls’ tennis victory over Pioneer Valley Christian School Wednesday at the Davis Street courts in Greenfield.
The Green Wave doubles teams have battled back and forth for the No. 1 spot all season, and have each knocked each other off. Having two talented teams that constantly push each other has been beneficial to the teams’ newfound success this season.
“What we have is two doubles teams that beat each other,” Greenfield coach Barry McColgan said.
The No. 1 team Wednesday consisted of Aliona Olaru and Emily Franklin, and they dispatched Rachel Leclair and Anguelina Borissenko, 6-0, 6-0. The second doubles team of Shannon Gibson and Ashley Lowell matched their counterparts at No. 1 with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Hannah Wiese and Idriss Koyate.
Greenfield also won at third singles on the day with Courtney Kimball earning a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Kim Reid.
The Eagles won the top two singles matches on the day with a pair of boys earning wins. Aaron Taft knocked off Manisha Malik, 6-2, 6-4 at first singles. Greenfield’s Alexis Silk took on Pioneer Christian’s Shanghong Jiang in the most exciting match of the day and Jiang wound up with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 (super tiebreaker) victory at second singles.
Frontier 4, Sci-Tech 1 — Alli Zera won her first-ever singles match Wednesday and Frontier Regional School picked up a 4-1 independent girls’ tennis victory over Springfield School of Science & Technology in South Deerfield.
Frontier (3-4) already had a 2-0 lead before the match even began due to the CyberCats having just three players and forfeiting the two doubles matches. Zera, a sophomore, secured the Red Hawk victory at third singles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Abby Kusekoski.
“She played a great match,” Frontier coach Steve Barrett said. “It was fun to watch. She was a little nervous at first, but she got her nerves under control and, quite honestly, she was very impressive.”
Ricky Fields also won an exciting match at first singles, where he took on Kyanna James, who received high praise from Barrett after the match for her hitting. Fields won the first set 6-3 but James battled back to take a 6-4 victory. Fields came out victorious with a break of serve in the third set to earn a 6-4 win.
Frontier travels to Pioneer Christian Friday afternoon at 4.
Palmer 4, Turners 1 — Palmer High School swept both doubles matches en route to a 4-1 win over Turners Falls High School in independent girls’ tennis play Wednesday in Turners Falls.
Meredith Brown garnered the only win for the Indians by cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 verdict over the Panthers’ Taylor Mastriani at first singles.
Sara Bradley played well for Turners at second doubles, battling Palmer’s Teresa Huynh in both sets before dropping a 7-5, 6-4 decision.
Turners travels to Holyoke’s Jones Point on Friday at 4 to face Holyoke Catholic High School.