Massive improvement in Girls Tennis

OC Girls Tennis faced up against St John’s in Round 4; a school we historically hold a 14% win strike rate against and have never won more than a single match against in any year.  But this year the Girls have a resolve about them and their form is following through with an outstanding 5 matches to 1 turnaround on the weekend.

The Year 7 girls had a strong morning against a St John’s team with only two members this week, with Hannah Thompson and Zoe Nalder combining for a strong 6-2 doubles victory before Zoe Nalder claimed her first win for the season 6-3 ensuring the girls won 5/32 to 1/11.

The Year 8 girls continued their undefeated run this week dominating every match to close out their opponents 6/36 to 0/6.  Amity Logan didn’t drop a game in her two sets whilst Grace Huggins, Charlotte Lane and Katherine Jioa were all dominant winning their singles 6/2 6/1 and 6/1 respectively.

The Year 9 team had a tough match against the reigning premiers failing to claim any games.  But if the Girls continue to work hard at their training, match play facing easier opponents in coming weeks, will define their season.

The remaining matches on the day were all billed to be close encounters and would take tremendous fight to win and that is exactly how the Year 10 matchup played out.  Ellie Hobbs and Sophie Bell fought extremely hard in their matches at #1 and #2 but ultimately went down in tough matches; however, the depth of this team was on display as Caterina Zosimov claimed a 6-2 win and Ella Bird again starred winning both of her sets without dropping a game helping the team to finish with a 3/26 to 3/21 win and continue their undefeated start to the season.

The undefeated 2nds went into battle against one of only two other undefeated teams in St John’s and were looking to stamp their authority over the division.  The Girls have worked very hard on their doubles which paid dividends on Saturday with Jenna and Samantha winning 6-2 whilst Sara and Jessica won 6-1.  Having secured the early lead, the Girls continued the momentum throughout the day claiming three of the remaining singles with Jenna Hurley (6-3) Sara Lawder (6-1) and Samantha McIvor (6-2) all claiming comfortable wins.

The day finished with the closest match of the day as the Firsts played against a similarly ranked opponent in the St John’s Girls.  Last year we disappointingly went down on games as a result of their dominance in the Doubles, a fact the girls were keen to turn around this season in matches which would be pivotal for the result on the day.  What resulted was two epic doubles encounters taking approximately an hour each as Ainsleigh Johnston and Poppy Steyger at #1 and Georgia Van Veen and Jess Manion at #2 both getting up in tiebreaks.  After Jess Manion fought hard to claim a 6-4 victory the Girls knew another singles was required because of the close encounters.  Ainsleigh and Georgia played excellent matches before ultimately falling 4-6 leaving the fate of the team in the hands of Year 9 student Poppy Steyger.  Poppy played with poise beyond her years and with the support of teammates and spectators alike was able to put away her opponent 6-3 and put the exclamation point on a great day for the Firsts and OC Girls tennis as victory was secured 4/34 to 2/31.

After the best ever start to a year from the OC Girls Tennis Program we travel to St Paul’s this weekend against the powerhouse of Girls Tennis. But, with form and confidence growing the Girls are ready for this challenge as they pursue Premiership and Aggregate success.

 

Matthew O’Neill
OC Tennis Head Coach