The Sandwich girls’ tennis team’s run through the Division 3 South Sectional tournament came to an end in the semifinals on Monday, June 10.
Facing the sixth-seeded Cohasset Skippers, the 10th-seeded Knights pushed the higher seed every step of the way, but eventually fell, 3-2, at Norwell High School.
The Blue Knights’ top two singles players scored the only two match wins. Sarah Etre, Sandwich’s no. 1 singles player, cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 straight-sets victory over Cohasset’s Diana Sturdy. Jade Ferguson, the no. 2 singles player, faced a little more adversity but still came away with a 6-2, 6-1 straight-sets victory over Holly Van Etten.
Senior co-captain Sophie Esdale won six games over her two-set loss to the Skippers’ Gracyn Lord, losing 6-3 and 6-3 in no. 3 singles play.
In doubles action, the top Sandwich tandem of Evelyn Orman and senior co-captain Carol Lewis pushed Cohasset’s top pairing of Regan Thomas and Sophie Smartwood in a first-set loss, 7-5, before dropping the next set, 6-1.
Emily Lopes and Marie McManamin lost in second doubles, 6-1 and 6-1, to Cohasset’s Josie MacDougald and Olivia Budington.
Sandwich 4, Sacred Heart 1
After scoring the 10-7 upset against Westport in the opening round of the Division 3 South Sectional tournament, the Knights followed up that performance by knocking off the second-seed in the tournament, Sacred Heart, last Friday, June 7.
Playing the Saints, who lost just one game in the regular season, in Kingston, the Knights dominated play across the board.
Etre won her no. 1 singles match against Sacred Heart’s Bella LaGrassa in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2, while Ferguson cruised in her no. 2 singles match versus Julia Abraham, winning 6-0 and 6-0.
Esdale came back after a first-set loss, 6-4, to the Saints’ no. 3 singles player, Emma Kean, to win the next two sets, 6-2 and 6-0, to help Sandwich sweep the singles play.
Lopes and McManamin won a thrilling three-set marathon match in no. 2 doubles action against Catherine Berlo and Megan Ravanesi. The Sandwich duo won the first set, 7-6, thanks to a 7-3 tie-break victory before dropping the second set, 7-5. In a decisive third set, the Knights cruised to a 6-1 win for the visitors’ fourth match point of the afternoon.
Orman and Lewis played well in a straight set no. 1 doubles loss to Abby Morse and Abby Slavik, 6-3 and 7-5.
Sandwich concluded its 2019 campaign with a record of 11-8.