Fast start lifts Norwich to third win

Evening Sun Report

Girls' Tennis

Norwich 5, Owego 2

NORWICH - Norwich coach John Stewart said his team needed a fast start against Owego, and that is exactly what happened.

Norwich won the first set in all seven matchups, and despite stern resistance from the Indians the rest of the way, improved its record to 3-0 on the season. Norwich won two of three doubles matches - both in three sets – and three of the four singles matches had sets decided by a tiebreaker. “They beat us both times last year, and they’re as competitive a team as we are,” said Norwich coach John Stewart. “We wanted to come out and dominate the first sets, and that’s exactly what we did.”



Stewart enjoyed the first-set wins, but knew a team victory required a bit more work. Breanna Cashman, Makenzie Maynard, and Caroline Stewart, the second, third, and fourth singles players respectively, all rallied from big deficits to pull out sets. Maynard’s and Stewart’s rallies came in the second set to close out team points.

“We played really hard again, and I was proud of how the girls competed today,” Stewart said.

Results

Singles: Coco Heitemann d. Jenni Borfitz, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2. Brenna Cashman (N) Emma Siemer, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Makenzie Maynard (N) d. Hailey Bell, 6-1, 7-5. Caroline Stewart (N) d. Taila Lewis, 6-0, 7-6 (5).


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