SAINT MARYS -Warren's girls tennis team earned an 8-1 non-region win at St. Marys on Wednesday - in a five singles, four doubles format against its District 9 opponent.
Using two separate facilities to play the match, the top three Dragon singles players began the match at the Benzinger Courts. With just a half a set completed, the rains opened up and stopped match play at that facility. Just a mile away, at the Memorial Courts, match play continued as it was dry and clear. All the Benzinger matches picked up and moved to Memorial for continuance of the matches.
Warren seniors Sydney Ewing and Karly Taylor picked up an 8-1 victory for the first Dragon win of the day.
"Sydney played like a champion from her very first point," said Warren coach Jeff Bartsch. "Karly just may be the most improved player this year."
Playing fourth singles, Kim Parroccini scored a huge comeback win. She dropped the opening set 3-6 to Danielle Healy but rebounded 6-2 in the second to notch the match at one-set-all. Playing a super tie-breaker in lieu of a third set, Parroccini was dominant with a 10-4 breaker win to score Warrens' 2nd win of the day.
"This was a big win for Kim. She will most likely be a singles starter next year, and this is an outstanding way to begin her singles career," said Bartsch.
Top Dragon Cassie Johnson prevailed 6-2, 6-1 over Marla Scacchitti.
"Cassie plays a control game and allows her opponents to make mistakes," said Bartsch. "Today, that strategy worked to perfection."
Senior Phoebe Nelson had a great match with Megan McKenna, said Bartsch. Nelson dropped the opener 4-6 but then took the second set with tenacity by a 6-3 margin.
"Playing the super tie-breaker, Nelson dropped a tough 3-10 decision for Warren's lone loss of the day. "We will be hearing more from Miss Nelson as the season progresses," said Bartsch.
Maggi Hansen squared off with Natalie Reichard and took the opener 6-4. Down 4-5 in the second set, Hansen hit the shots that got her the No. 3 job in the first place, said Bartsch. "This was a break-out match for Maggi," he said. "Great consistent, deep shots kept her opponent way back behind the baseline and enabled Maggi to bring the set to 6-all and force a second set tie-breaker. She defeated Reichard in that breaker with 7-4 tiebreak score to add another Dragon win to the victory column."
Senior Corie Eckman had an outstanding day at second Singles. Facing hard hitting Rachel Stauffer, Eckman was down 1-3 after the rain delay. She resolved to hitting with consistency, depth and good power, said Bartsch. Her shots were landing within two-feet of the baseline today. Eckman took the opener 6-4 and then won the second set 6-3. "This was a great win for Corie. When she keeps the ball in-play, she can beat anybody," said Bartsch.
The top doubles duo of Shoshanna Ochocki and Alexis Vavala prevailed 8-3 with outstanding volleying by Vavala, and good returning-of-serves by Ochocki. "This pair has won their third straight match this week, an outstanding accomplishment," said Bartsch.
Playing in the second doubles slot, juniors Maria Miller and Megan Waterfield played a persistent Hannah Wittman and Sophia Vigliano. In the back-and-forth battle, the Dragons finally broke the opponents serve and rode out a neat 8-6 victory. "This pair gained some valuable experience today which will pay dividends down the road," said Bartsch.
With the Dragons leading in the team score by a 7-1 margin, senior Sarah Casey and freshmen Rachel Cecco manned the third doubles position. Squaring off with Ordiway and Worfel the Dragon pair prevailed 8-5 to complete the team scoring with an 8-1 team victory. "This pair is improving every time they play," said Bartsch.
In exhibition play, the doubles pair of freshman Morgan Lemmon and junior Madalyn Harding almost pulled off a doubles sweep. Though the pair played exceptionally well, the pair dropped a tiebreaker in the final set. Winning an exhibition singles match was senior Sydney Ewing.
The Dragons are now 3-3 on the season and will next face Villa Maria next Tuesday at Betts Courts.