Mount Anthony Union sweeps Brattleboro 7-0
BRATTLEBORO >> It was just your average Tuesday.
The sun rose in the east. Children went to school. And the Mount Anthony Union varsity girls tennis team experienced the thrill of victory.
The Patriots completed the season sweep by beating rival Brattleboro, 7-0, for their sixth win in as many matches.
"They were quite a bit better than we were today," said BUHS coach Tom Weber. "Their record shows how good they are. They are strong all the way through their lineup."
The most exciting match of the day came at fifth singles, where MAU's Phebe Hall battled for a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Brattleboro's Annie Takacs.
"She could be a really good player for us," said Weber of Takacs, who has only been playing tennis for a couple of months and is also on the BUHS track and field team. "She really stepped up and played hard. She may have just run out of steam at the end."
The tall sophomore was steady throughout, keeping the ball in play and keeping Hall on the baseline using deep lobs. She even showed off a decent backhand during the marathon match that lasted one-and-a-half hours.
In the other singles matches, Margaret Curtin beat Claudia Craviotto Rocca 6-4, 6-0 in the top spot; Grace Page took care of Jaida Henry 5-1, default in the second slot (Henry left the court with a shoulder injury); Anna Salem defeated Jazmin Smith 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3; and Camille Gunzburg fell to Ally White 6-1, 6-0 in the fourth position.
Smith, who was playing with a hand injury, wowed the crowd with a wicked serve and nasty forehand. Craviotto Rocca, a foreign exchange student from Spain, hit beautiful strokes all day versus the experienced Curtin. Henry showed her athleticism by chasing down well-placed shots from Page and when she occassionally charged the net. And Gunzburg's highlights were a couple of pretty short shots and a deep lob with White moving in.
In doubles play, the MAU duo of Thea Pappas-Cameryn Bentley outscored Tre Harrison and Kimberly Bau 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 and the tandem of Caitlin Banks-Trinity Galipeau denied Hannah Blake and Colette Anton 6-4, 6-0 at second dubs. Bau and Harrison were both strong up front, pounding down errant hits from their foes. Brattleboro's second doubles team was having fun on the court, with Blake laughing about a miraculous shot that she made from the baseline and Anton doing a little dance after delivering at the net.
The 2-5 Colonels will play at Woodstock today and then host MSJ on Friday.
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