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Wellesley Tournament Match 1

The Bobcats went to Wellesley over Easter weekend to play in the 8 team NorEastern Bowl in which we played 1 team match each day against some of the best teams in the country. The first of such matches featured #18 Wellesley against the #30 Bobcats. 

It would be safe to say we came out a little bit flat. Wellesley was ready from the start and jumped out to an early lead at all 3 spots. At #3 Jacqui and Lucy made the quickest recovery after being down 2-0 as they broke right back to get on serve. After that break they got on a roll, with Jacqui hitting great lobs to set Lucy up for the put away volley. They executed their game plan brilliantly and rolled to an 8-3 win over a very tough team.

At #1 and #2 the Bobcats were in some big holes. After starting slow we were fighting our way back in but were down 7-4 and both spots. At #2 Nicole and Ashley won 2 games to tighten the game 7-6 but Wellesley served out a big game to even up the team match 1-1.

At #1 Meg and Ellie were clutch. They both ripped returns through the middle and closed off the net aggressively. They won 3 straight games to tie the match at 7-7s before both teams held and pushed the match to a tie-breaker. Both teams had chances, but on their second match point Ellie cranked a ball through the middle to set Meg up to cross and knock off the volley for a 9-8(9-7) win and a 2-1 lead for the Bobcats heading into singles.

At #1 Ellie played senior Marie Watanabe, one of the best players in the country who had already beaten Ellie handily in the fall. But Ellie didn’t let past results get in her way. The momentum from doubles had given her all the confidence she needed and she ripped the ball directionally and found ways to attack, mixing in a short chip with her drive to come forward. She kept Watanabe off balance and stayed in the right mode the entire match. 6-4 6-2 Ellie, 3-1 Bobcats. 

At #3 and #4 Wellesley fought back and was able to win two tough matches to make the score 3-3, with both teams needing 2 of the last 3 matches for the win. At #6 Ashley was in a battle. Both Ashley and her opponent were human ball machines. They refused to miss as they ripped the ball at each other with nearly every game going to deuce. After a little more than an hour they were knotted at 6-6 and a tie-breaker ensued. Ashley rose to the occasion and was tougher than her opponent, running down every ball in the 7-1 breaker. In the second set Ashley got an early break and never gave one back, and she gutted out another long set for the 7-6(7-1) 6-4 win.

At #5 Lucy played shot maker Sojung Lee. After a tough first set Lucy had battled back in the second set and found her way to net point after point to take the second set 6-4 and push a third set. But Sojung’s shot making ability was too much and she ripped winner after winner and kept Lucy off the net to win the third set. 

At #2 Meg lost a long first set to Erica Choo and was in a hole 3-0 in the second set. But the senior found a way to fight and scrap for her team and did her best on every ball. She was able to get to the net and made a tremendous comeback to force a second set tie-breaker which she gutted out 7-5. In the third set both players dug in and played great tennis, but Meg got edged out 6-4 in the deciding set.

Overall we were so proud of how everyone fought today. We never put our heads down and we played some really great matches. Unfortunately it is not always going to work out on the scoreboard, but if we keep playing with this intensity, good things are going to happen.

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