Emmaus girls tennis tops Central Catholic
The Emmaus girls tennis program is showing the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference it means business.
The Green Hornets continued their fine play last Thursday with a 7-0 win over Central Catholic.
Emmaus head coach Robert Dragotta’s singles players have done well most of the season, and these matches were no exception. No. 1 singles player Shelby Carter rolled over Central’s Catherine Grubb 6-3, 6-0, while teammate Kate Smith defeated Genesis Almodovar 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 2 match. Then No. 3 singles Liza Duerholz took control in her match with Elizabeth McGorry. Duerholz dominated in a 6-1, 6-1 win showing her savvy and athleticism.
Dragotta’s doubles teams have showcased Emmaus’ depth. Against the Vikings three doubles teams lost but one set.
In the No. 2 doubles battle Maddie Everett and Anna Lyons went through Central’s Lauren Hood and Kathryn Orlando like shooting stars, 6-0, 6-0. Then No.3 Alexa Makoul and Reshma Beraj lost their first set to the Vikes’ Ana Farrell and Kylie Heinz 4-6, but rebounded with a sterling 6-1 second set and won a tough third set 6-4.
The win was in part to good teamwork. Finally, No. 4 Ashlyn Phy and Natalie Marks beat Claire Ehrlich and Tori Temple 6-4, 6-0 to finish Emmaus’ sweep.
On Aug. 28 Emmaus hosted Nazareth and defeated the Blue Eagles with little trouble, 6-1. Carter had tough time against Nazareth’s Sophia Digiasanto, losing the first set 1-6 before rebounding with a 7-5 second set and a 6-3 third set. Duerholz won her match easily, but Smith was lost in her battle with Nazareth’s Jessica Rodriguez.
A total of four Emmaus doubles teams won their matches, including an alternate duo of Ava Grace Saab and Karishma Beraj who beat Central’s Ella Ecker and Evelyn Bonventre, 8-1.
For his part Dragotta tries to keep things simple. If his players pay attention, follow their training and hustle for every point, he believes the wins and losses will take care of themselves.
“I ask the players to work hard, try their best and concentrate on the point in front of them,” Dragotta said.
Emmaus entered this week at 8-1 overall this season and 7-0 in the East Penn Conference. The Hornets and Parkland are the both unbeaten in league play. The rivals meet Sept. 27 in both teams’ final match of the regular season.