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Feb
12

Women’s Match vs #28 Redlands and #7 CMS

After a scenic drive from Santa Cruz to Redlands on Wednesday, the Bobcats matched up against the #28 Redlands Bulldogs Thursday afternoon. The Bobcats fell to 1-1 on the season as the Bulldogs took the match 8-1. The match was much closer than the score as the Bobcats fought well and had many close matches.

At #1 Ele Mandzhukova got off to a slow start and was down 5-2 in the first set. At that changeover she switched gears and made a big adjustment, and really fought for every point, letting go of misses and choosing to stay positive. She won the next 5 games and the set 7-5. In the second set he opponent fought back and took the set 6-4. In the third set tie-breaker Ele moved well and played aggressively, ripping the ball big into safe targets, and willing herself to the win 10-3 in a nearly flawless tie-breaker.

At #6 Lucy Brennan had a similar match. She was down 4-1 in the first set before switching modes and really battling. She won the next 5 games and set 6-4. In the second set her opponent played well and earned the set 6-2. In the third set tie-breaker both players refused to miss, hitting big and deep into safe targets. Unfortunately Lucy came up just short 11-9 in a well fought match. The Bobcats had a few other close matches including Audrey Grauer’s 6-4 6-3 match and Meg Anderson’s 6-2 6-4 match.

 

On Saturday the Bobcats played the #7 CMS Athenas in what was definitely our best match this spring. In doubles all three teams came with a lot of energy and played aggressively. All 3 matches were very good tennis and the Bobcats hung with their Athena opponents every step of the way.

Singles was no different and the Bobcats played well and had many close matches. At #1 Ele Mandzhukova had a very close match with #1 nationally ranked Kristin Lim. Ele lost, but took more games off Lin at 6-3 6-3 than anyone else this entire year for division 3. At #4 Erika Blauth played a long match and banged winners with her opponent for a good two hours before falling with one break in each set 6-4 6-3. At #5 Audrey Grauer also lost a tough 6-3 6-3 match against her Athena opponent.

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