Girls Varsity Tennis
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- May 24, 2018
- WARRIORS: 5
TURNER ASHBY: 1
Western Girls Tennis Captures Region Title With 5-1 Road Win Over Turner Ashby
Warriors to Host Abingdon in Class 3 State Quarterfinals
1. Hannah Kearns (WAHS) def. Emma Nesselrodt (TAHS) 6-2, 6-3
2. Corinne Jennings (WAHS) def. Malena Hoover (TAHS) 6-0, 6-1
3. Anna O’Shea (WAHS) def. Rachel Showalter (TAHS) 6-1, 6-1
4. Lilly Moore (WAHS) def. Carter Young (TAHS) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
5. Valarie Santos (TAHS) def. Sarah Inman (WAHS) 5-7, 5-5 (retired)
6. Jenny Little (WAHS) def. Grace Pierantoni (TAHS) 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2 – 3 – 6 – 1 – 5 - 4
The Western Albemarle Girls Tennis team defeated Turner Ashby 5-1 on Thursday to capture the Class 3, Region C championship. The Warriors, seeded second in the region, improved to 16-2 on the season and advance to the state quarterfinals. They will host Region D runner-up and defending state champion Abingdon on Saturday, June 2.
In Thursday’s action in Bridgewater, the Warriors gained the early advantage through strong play on Court 2 from Corinne Jennings and Court 3 from Anna O’Shea. They earned quick straight-set wins to give the Warriors an early 2-0 lead. Jenny Little added to the lead with a win on Court 6.
On Court 1, Western’s Hannah Kearns earned her 100th career singles victory with an impressive 6-2, 6-3 win over Turner Ashby’s Emma Nesslerodt. Nesslerodt entered the match with a 13-3 record and having earned the top seed in next week’s region singles tournament.
With the score 4-0 in favor of the Warriors, Sarah Inman looked to close out the match, having won the first set and leading 4-3 in the second set on Court 5. However, a bad step resulted in a sprained ankle that led to her retiring due to injury with the score 5-5 in set 2.
That Turner Ashby point closed the gap to 4-1 before Lilly Moore clinched the Warrior win on Court 4, rallying from a set down to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 over TA’s Carter Young.
After the match, the Warriors were presented with the regional championship trophy and head coach Ellen Markowitz was presented with her plaque for earning Region C Coach of the Year honors.
Match time for the June 2 state quarterfinal at Western Albemarle is to be determined. Due to VHSL rules, admission will be $10. In the other state quarterfinals, Turner Ashby will play at Region D champion Cave Spring, Region A champion York will host Brentsville, and Region B champion James Monroe will host Tabb.
The state semifinals will be played on Monday, June 4 or Tuesday, June 5, with the state championship match on Saturday, June 9 at Roanoke College in Salem.
Quotes from Western head coach Ellen Markowitz:
“What a banner day! I’m so happy and proud of our girls for holding off a very good Turner Ashby team. We knew we were in for a dogfight, and they gave us everything they had. A lot of credit to them and their coach Karen for much improvement over the last few years.
“The matches on courts 4-6 were particularly close and pushed us to dig really deep. At #6, Jenny was so poised. She played a strong tiebreaker to grab the first set, and kept the pedal to the metal from there. At #5, Sarah came back from being down to take the first set 7-5, and was pumped and playing at a very high level. Mid-second set she tweaked her ankle and after an injury timeout and treatment, she tried to finish the match. At 5-5 she was in too much pain and retired. I’m proud of her play, and we’re optimistic that she’ll be ready to go next week.
“Court #4 was a barn-burner and a three-set thriller. After losing the first set, Lilly clawed her way back. Huge comeback and a big confidence builder for her. We are extremely proud of her. Also, her birthday is Saturday so this was a nice way to celebrate early!
“Our leaders at 1, 2, and 3 did a great job of staying focused and controlled. We’re grateful to have such strong players and leaders in Hannah, Corinne, and Anna.
“Finally, another highlight of the day was Hannah Kearns achieving a huge milestone in her Western tennis career. Her singles victory was her 100th career match win in her four years. That’s a testament to her high level of consistency and excellence over her career. Very proud of her and how she has stepped up and delivered over and over for us!”