Tennis team falls to Bethlehem Catholic
The Whitehall Zephyrs put up a fight against Bethlehem Catholic in their first-set matches but ultimately fell to the Golden Hawks, 7-0, overall.
Whitehall’s number one singles player Sonakshi Sharma provided a wake-up call for Becahi’s Cara Magliochetti early in their 2-6, 0-6 match.
“I wasn’t really playing at my best level today, but I think my forehand would be something that was working out for me today,” Sharma said. “Other than that, I think my return on her serves was working, especially second serves, because I noticed in the first two or three service games of hers, she started to double fault a little bit.”
The same scenario unfolded at two singles where Whitehall’s Alexis Bundra forced Becahi’s Taylor Adams to overcompensate early in the 3-6, 0-6 match.
“I was doing really good at keeping the ball away from her and hitting it to the opposite side of the court,” Bundra said. “I’m really good at staying on my feet to reach the ball, and in the second set, we had deuce a lot.”
Whitehall’s three singles player Miranda Ortiz had a close second-set with Becahi’s Isabella Bautista.
“I think in my first sets, I’m still trying to see how the other player plays and get used to how they hit, and then if I do, I still have my second set to redeem myself,” said Ortiz. “I think my strengths are moving towards the ball because if you just get to the ball, you still have that advantage.”
Ortiz, who played doubles with Bundra last year, lost to Bautista, 0-6, 4-6.
Said Bundra, “I think singles is a little bit easier. When you’re playing with a partner there’s more of a chance to reach the ball because you have two people, but it also can be difficult because you don’t always know who’s going to get it. When you’re playing singles, you’re depending on yourself.”
In doubles play, Kennosh Browne and Aleksandra Nisiki lost to Marisa Greenawalt and her partner (name unavailable), 1-6, 1-6, at number one doubles, and Afaf Nazim and Brenna Pangaio lost to Patty Superka and Grace Hartman, 1-6, 0-6, at number two doubles.
At three doubles Olivia Toto and Giovanna Yacoub challenged Ella Trunzo and Maddie Lennert in the first set but lost, 3-6, 0-6, and at four doubles, Olivia Yarco and Camila Araque lost to Claire Zaza and Ava Burkart, 2-6, 0-6.
The Zephyrs are coached by Shadimon Navarro.