Dragons fall to Dutch

ST MARY’S, Pa. – The Warren girls tennis team couldn’t have asked for a much tougher start to its season.

After hosting perennial District 10 powerhouse Mercyhurst Prep Monday, the Lady Dragons traveled to St. Mary’s Wednesday for a matchup with the 2-time defending District 9 champion Lady Dutch. St. Mary’s came away with a 7-0 win as the match was played under D9 rules, four singles and three doubles matches.

Sophomore Sophie Olson, playing in her first varsity match, was the only singles player to take a game from her opponent in a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Brooke Henry.

“Sophie played some very inspired tennis for her first match and we expect her only to improve over the season,”Warren assistant coach Kimberleigh Parroccini said.

The remaining singles matches were all 6-0, 6-0 wins for the Lady Dutch. Samantha Hayes over Madie Rogers, Davan Lion topped Kaity McCracken and Lilla Lion bested Megan McGuinness.

The doubles matches were contested as an 8-game pro set. Kamryn Moore and Maddy Perry nearly picked up a win for the Lady Dragons, but Lydia Ehrensberger and Rachel Fleming were able to hold them off and picked up an 8-4 win.

Breanna Marconi and Kiley Williams defeated Rylee Nuhfer and Sydnie Cochran, 8-2. The Lady Dragons team of Katie Moore and Jackie Peterson also fell by an 8-2 score.

“I feel all three of our doubles teams were aggressive and played each point well, however, couldn’t overcome a very talented and well coached St. Mary’s team,” Warren coach John Parroccini said. “They didn’t manage their time well.”

In exhibition doubles play, Olson and McGuinness, teaming together for the first time, picked up an 8-1 win over June Chen and Kaitlyn Staffer.

“These two girls have very similar styles of play and it was great to watch them in action,” Kimberleigh Parroccini said.

Warren returns to Betts Park Friday when the Lady Dragons host Conneaut.