Battling the Best: Dragon girls fall to defending state champs Villa

Warren’s Emily Grimm fires a serve during Monday’s non-region match against defending state champion Villa at the Betts tennis courts, Monday, August 27, 2018.

The Warren Dragons girls tennis team played its first home match of the season, falling to Villa Maria 5-0 at Betts Park on Monday.

At first singles, Gracie Wood lost a tough match to Sarah DeMarco 6-2, 6-3. At second singles, Emily Grimm fought hard, but came up short against Leah Turk by a score of 6-1, 6-2. At third singles, Taylor Lester played well, but was defeated by Rachel Bowen 6-4, 6-0.

“I was pleased with the way our girls played today,” said head coach Jon Meyer. “Villa Maria is the defending state champions. We knew this would be a difficult match, but our girls fought hard.”

At first doubles, Ceci Citro and Maddie Rodgers lost to Lauren Hardner and Ryleigh Valone 6-2, 6-0. At second doubles, Kaity McCracken and Meg McGuinness came up short against Kayla Friedman and Molly Wassmann 6-0, 6-4.

“Our girls haven’t had a lot of time to practice together, but they’re showing improvement,” said assistant coach Colin Kenney. “Today was tough, but it was a good learning experience.”

Warren’s Ceci Citro follows through on a return in a doubles match with Maddie Rodgers against Villa at the Betts tennis courts, Monday, August 27, 2018.

In exhibition play, the teams of Corinn Gern and Rylee Nuhfer, Kamryn Moore and Sydney Anderson, Alyssa Schooler and Amanda Gray, and Kelsey Pratt and Alanna Hultberg all lost to their Villa Maria opponents.

The Dragons are 1-1 this season. Their next match is Thursday at home against Hickory. The match starts at 4 p.m. at Betts Park.

Singles

Sarah DeMarco (V) def. Gracie Wood, 6-2, 6-3

Leah Turck (V) def. Emily Grimm, 6-1, 6-2

Warren’s Gracie Wood returns volley during Monday’s non-region match against Villa at the Betts tennis courts, Monday, August 27, 2018.

Rachel Bowen (V) def. Taylor Lester, 6-4, 6-0

Doubles

Lauren Hardner-Ryleigh Valone def. Ceci Citro-Maddie Rodgers, 6-2, 6-0

Kayla Friedman-Molly Wassmann def. Kaity McCracken-Meg McGuiness, 6-0, 6-4

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