NHS tennis ladies best VPS in cross-town rivalry
By Misty Volaski
Nordhoff (3-1) emerged as the
city's reigning high school girls' tennis champs last week after
they beat Thacher, 13-5, early in the week, then Villanova, 10-8
Villanova's Fernanda Zapata was a major problem for Nordhoff,
as she swept all three sets, 6-3, 6-3 6-0.
Her counterpart, Nordhoff's Emily Johnston, took two of her three
sets, losing to Zapata before besting Niki Blumberg, 6-4, and
Katie Austin, 6-1.
Lady Ranger Nathalie Selleslags also won two of three matches,
losing to Zapata, 3-6, She went on to beat Wildcats Blumberg,
6-1, and Austin, 6-2.
It was the two of three wins from Selleslags and Emily Johnston.
Nordhoff's Danica Day lost two of three, besting only VPS player
Katie Austin, 6-2.
Villanova (5-2) head coach Brian Grisin atrributed Villanova's
loss to the absence of its No. 1 singles player, Lauren Sims,
who was out due to an ankle injury.
The 'Cat doubles team of Sarah Roussin and Ariana Lujan won their
first set against Ranger pair Nicole Pettler and Rachel Ward,
7-5. The win came after being down, 5-4, when the girls were
able to pull out three more points to take the set.
The 'Cat ladies went on to lose to Blair Johnston and Perry Johnson,
4-6, but retaliated against Alex Paddock and Cassie Sullivan
to win, 6-4.
Blair Johnston and Johnson snagged two out of three wins on the
day, while Paddock and Sullivan pulled out with a solo win against
'Nova's No. 3 doubles team of Jessica Campbell and Alexandra
Villanova will face Nordhoff again next Monday at VPS at 3 p.m.
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