Girls Tennis Roundup

Lenape Ends Southern Girls Tennis Team’s Solid State Tourney Run

By David Biggy | Oct 16, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Ella Brown and the Southern Regional girls tennis team had their state tournament road ended by Lenape on Oct. 11, after the Rams upset Egg Harbor in the quarterfinals.

Stafford Township — During the two weeks following its second-place finish at the Ocean County Tournament on Sept. 22, the Southern Regional girls tennis team had been on fire, winning six of seven contests heading into the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV tournament. That fire carried over into the seventh-seeded Rams’ clash with second-seeded Egg Harbor Township on Oct. 8, when coach Howie Madsen’s crew upended the Eagles to secure a place in the sectional semifinals. Unfortunately, that’s where the road ended for Southern, as third-seeded Lenape delivered a 4-1 knockout punch on Oct. 11.

The first doubles tandem of Sarah Pampalone and Gabby Bates scored the only point for the Rams, bouncing Miranda Toner and Arti Singh, 6-3, 2-6, 10-8, while Ella Brown, Cristina Ciborowski and Charlie Purks each lost in straight sets during their respective singles matches and Tiffany Ortner and Erica Scheinberg fell short at second doubles.

Earlier in the week, Southern scored a huge, 5-0 victory against Egg Harbor, as Jayna Dunwoody led the charge at first singles with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Samantha Phung, while Brown ousted Ema Cadacio, 6-4, 6-0, at second singles, and Ciborowski won her third-singles contest, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-3, over Jamie Theophall. Pampalone and Bates won a 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 first-doubles contest against Tiffany Tran and Lauren Theophall, and Ortner and Scheinberg knocked off Madison Braithwaite and Cecilia Munoz, 6-3, 6-3.

On Oct. 4, Southern started the state tournament with a 5-0 win over 10th-seeded Washington Township. After a 5-0 win over Brick on Oct. 14, during which all the team’s singles players and doubles teams won in straight sets, Southern improved to 14-4.

Barnegat Falls
Against Top Seed

Unfortunately, when you’re the eighth-seeded team in a 16-team bracket, it means a first-round victory typically leads to the top-seeded team in the tourney. Such was the case for the Barnegat girls tennis team on Oct. 8, when the Bengals met up with top-seeded Haddonfield in the South Jersey Group II quarterfinals.

The powerful Bulldogs (22-4) easily bounced the Bengals (11-10) from the sectional tourney with a 5-0 victory, as Barnegat managed to win just seven games. First singles player Madison Linton won three of them in a straight-set loss to Molly Parks, while second singles player Lily Spagnola won two and third singles player Paige Menegus grabbed one.

A few days later, the Bengals rebounded with a 4-1 win over Shore Conference Class B South rival Lacey. Linton, Spagnola and Menegus led the way with straight-set wins.

Pinelands Snags
Fifth, Sixth Wins

While reaching the .500 mark seems a bit out of reach at this point of the season, the Pinelands Regional girls tennis team kept plugging away last week, capturing its fifth and sixth wins of the season – a 4-1 victory over Lakewood on Oct. 10, followed by a 4-1 triumph against Point Pleasant Borough the next day.

Against the Piners, second singles player Britney Azzara won a 6-2, 6-1 contest, while third singles player Angie Papa scored a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win. The first doubles team of Holly Meyer and Carli King managed a 6-3, 6-2 victory, and Alyssa Hadzovic and Courtney Burns won, 6-1, 6-0, at second doubles.

The next day, Azzara captured a 6-1, 6-1 win at second singles and Papa won at third singles, 6-2, 6-2, while the Meyer-King combination earned a 6-0, 6-2 victory at first doubles.

David Biggy

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