The 34th-ranked Sandwich High School girls’ tennis team dropped a preliminary round match to No. 31 Clinton on the road, 4-1, on Sunday, June 5. The loss ended the season for the Blue Knights in a match that could have gone either way.
The Gaels won both of the matches that went to three sets. Had Sandwich been able to prevail in those two matches, they could have scored a 3-2 win.
The closest match was at first doubles as the team of Grace Rothera and Kallie Tompkins dropped a heartbreaker to Kailin Silvia and Anna Ward. Rothera and Tompkins won the first set, 6-4, but the second set was a back-and-forth thriller that the home team rallied to win in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4). With momentum riding their way, and the end result already determined, a super tiebreaker determined the outcome of the final set, and the Clinton girls scored a 10-6 win.
Second singles also went to three sets. Sandwich’s Katelyn Lerch won set number-one against Kelly Conroy, but the Gaels’ number-two player rallied back from the 4-6 loss in the opening set to win the next two, 6-2, 6-1.
Sandwich’s victory against Clinton came at third singles. Callie Burgess was too much for Nicola Lizardo, and the Lady Knight blitzed her opponent. Burgess dominated in a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
At first singles, Clinton’s Amanda Champagne popped a straight sets win against Emily Lopes. Champagne poured it on in the first set and never looked back in a 6-0, 6-1, win. The second doubles team for CHS also won a one-sided match. Bridget Carrera and Ella Hofmann, of SHS, fell to Natalia Martin and Sophia Hawland, 6-0, 6-2.