Doubles Pairs Can’t Be Stopped

Andover Girls Tennis stormed through both Groton and St. Paul’s with ease and show particular strength in doubles play. Andover’s doubles pairs went 5-1 combined during the week. Against Groton, Charlotte Aaron ’14 and MJ Engel ’13 handily won their singles matches. Katherine Tobeason ’14 and Borkney Sambou ’12 also won their matches playing numbers four and five, respectively. Campbell Howe ’14 played number six for Andover and managed to maintain focus and sustain another win for Andover after switching to a court with more sunlight. “It is always harder playing people who aren’t as good as you, especially when you’re up, but Campbell did a great job,” said Aaron. “I don’t think it was my best play, but I pulled through,” said Howe. Playing number one for Andover on Saturday was freshman Camille Price ’15. Price stepped up to fill the absence of Katherine Lee ’13 and lost to a incredibly talented and strategic Groton opponent. Andover didn’t lose momentum in doubles play, as two out of the team’s three pairs emerged victorious. A pair of returning lowers, Aaron and Tobeason, was able to pull out a win playing number two doubles for Andover. In number third doubles were Howe and Mackenzie Strabala ’12, who easily finished off the day with another win for the team. Engel and Sambou were the only pair to suffer a loss to Groton’s very strategic top two players. Andover was able to extend its winning streak to three wins against St. Paul’s on Wednesday, slaughtering a very experienced St. Pauls team 14-1 overall. Most impressive in the match was Andover’s flawless doubles play. All three pairs defeated their St. Paul’s opponents. With the return of Lee, Price moved back down to number two. Both had successful singles matches, as Lee split sets and Price won her match. Engel in the number four spot had a competitive first set, winning 6-4, but turned it up a level in the second and won 6-0. “Our match with St. Paul’s has definitely give us the confidence we need to win going into the next three matches,” added Engel. “I’m looking forward to the week ahead.” Andover travels to Nobles later this afternoon and to Hotchkiss tomorrow with hopes to extend its winning streak to five total.