The Catawba Ridge Copperheads girls’ tennis team split matches this week, falling to Fort Mill on Monday but earning their first win ever in a sweep of Northwestern on Wednesday.
Catawba Ridge lost to Fort Mill, 4-2, in a tight match, but the team later bounced back to sweep Northwestern, 6-0. Catawba Ridge is now 1-1 on the season, while Fort Mill is 2-0.
Catawba Ridge’s season-opener against Fort Mill was also the school’s first-ever match. The Copperheads’s No. 2 and No. 3 singles players earned points for their team: Davis McSwain won at No. 2 singles in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7); and No. 3 singles player Sara Maleady also won for Catawba Ridge, winning in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2.
Fort Mill controlled the match and got wins from four of its players. Winning for the Jackets was No. 1 singles Jamie Petrella 6-1, 6-4; No. 4 singles Rylie Wartsinger 6-3, 6-0; and No. 5 singles Madisyn McCarty 6-2, 6-1. The Jackets also won in No. 2 doubles 6-1, 6-1, with Madison Bhend and Ruhi Patel getting the win.
Later in the week, both Fort Mill and Catawba Ridge won by 6-0 scores. Fort Mill would beat Lancaster and the Copperheads would beat Northwestern.
Winning for Catawba Ridge against Northwestern was No. 1 singles Sarah Taylor, who won 6-3, 1-6, 10-7; No. 2 singles McSwain, who won 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 singles Maleady, who won 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3); No. 4 singles Emily Taylor, who won 6-2, 6-3; and No. 5 singles Claire Hivner, who won 6-0, 6-1.
In the only doubles match for the Copperheads, Aiyana Uter and Mallory McCart won 6-4, 6-2.
Against Lancaster, winning for the Jackets was No. 1 singles Petrella, who won 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (14-12); No. 2 singles Kaedyn Willis, who won 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 singles Wartsinger, who won 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 singles McCarty, who won 6-0, 6-1; and No. 5 singles Tina Tiwarti, who won 6-0, 6-0. In No. 2 doubles, Patel and Bhend won in straight sets as well 6-0, 6-0.
Coming up for Fort Mill this week is a match at Lancater on Thursday. Catawba Ridge will take on Clover on Thursday and Nation Ford on Tuesday before traveling to Clover next Thursday.
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