The Dragons girls tennis team lost 4-1 Thursday at Park Tudor Thursday but put up a spirited fight against the Panthers,
The Dragons’ No. 2 doubles pairing of junior Sheridan Schrowe and sophomore Ashley Truman won an exciting three-setter against Panthers sophomore Claudia Siegal and senior Sally Root.
Schrowe and Truman showed tremendous defensive qualities to survive 3 match points at 4-5 down in the 3rd set. The determined Dragons kept their composure and forced a final set tiebreaker – which they confidently won 7-3 = to secure a point for the Dragons. Truman continued her outstanding form to extend her unbeaten run to 4-0 for the season.
At No. 1 singles, NP junior Megan Long played with improved confidence against a more experienced PT freshman, Caroline Kittle. Long fought hard against the powerful Kittle – but went down 6-1, 6-0.
NP No. 2 singles player Ivey Simmons played well in the first set against junior Ellie Sing, which the Panther won 6-3. Sing used her powerful forehand to dominate the 2nd set and closed out the match 6-3, 6-0.
Dragons No. 3 singles player Caylie Almond showed good defensive skills against the aggressive ground strokes of PT junior Julia Waddles, especially in the 2nd set. The powerful Waddles won 6-0, 6-3 to grab a 3rd point for the host team.
The Dragons No. 1 doubles team of juniors Josee King and Claire Cherry was beaten in straight sets by lefthanded freshman Carly Wiegel and junior Sarah Klapper The Panthers pairing dominated the net exchanges and returned well, to set up a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
The NPHS JV team were unable to repeat last year’s victory over the Panthers, losing 7-0.
The Dragons are now 2-2 on the season and next play Friday at Franklin Central and Saturday in the Mt. Vernon Invitational.