Northampton Press

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Northampton tennis team sitting at 3-3 on season

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton girls tennis team began a tough 2018 schedule with determination and the drive to win.

Last Tuesday afternoon Northampton matched up against district champion Easton. While the Rovers brought back several of their strongest players from last year’s district tournament winning team, Northampton still played a tough game. In the end the Northampton girls lost to Easton, but put up a good fight, losing two matches in a tiebreaker.

Northampton head coach Kim Davis was proud of the team, regardless of the result.

“The final score doesn’t show how tough we played,” said Davis.

Just a few days prior, the Northampton bested Dieruff 6-1. Northampton’s Liz Hozza defeated Vivian Soto by scores of 6-0, 6-0 to take the first singles game of the contest in two matches. Northampton’s Rose Sharga and Grace Tepes would follow in the same fashion, claiming victory in their games after two 6-0 matches.

In doubles play, Northampton’s Kasey Zelienka and Kaylee Kauffman took the first doubles game by scores of 6-1 and 6-0. Amelia Cesanek and Avita DeMieri claimed the second Northampton doubles victory by scores of 6-2 and 6-2 and Northampton’s Kat Beenders and Jayden Fehnel clinched the Northampton victory with 6-1, 6-0 wins in the fourth doubles matchup of the game.

In previous matches, Northampton fell to Freedom, a team that is currently undefeated and sits in second place overall in the district, by a score of 6-1. Northampton also lost its season opener to Pleasant Valley by a score of 5-2, but the girls balanced their record so far with wins over Pocono Mountain (6-0) and East Stroudsburg (7-0). A scheduled game against Stroudsburg was postponed on Sept. 6. Currently, the team’s record is an even 3-3 both in the league and overall.

Reflecting on the season yet to come, Davis talked about the challenges the team will face this season. He explained that the team has fought the weather (both extreme heat and driving rain) that has prohibited some of their practice time, and they face a busy schedule over the next two months against several of the districts toughest teams.

“We play eight of the 10 top teams in the district,” said Davis. “Three of them in the next few weeks.”

While the team will face challenges, Davis also says the team has the ability to secure more than a few wins.

“We can beat some of these teams,” said Davis. “We have the ability to beat them but we have to play well.”

As Davis reviews the matches slated for the next two months he also comments on the team’s faith and commitment.

“They are great kids,” said Davis. “They play hard, that’s one thing we always say, and they know I expect that from them — we always play hard.”