Season Opens with Double Victory

Isabella Haegg ’16 and Katherine Tobeason ’14 demolished their St. Paul’s opponents, both winning their singles matches 6-0, 6-0 in a 13-2 team win on Wednesday. The victory sealed a 2-0 kickoff to the season for Andover Girls Tennis. “To have two of us win 6-0, 6-0, that’s a big feat. It’s hard to keep your focus up for the whole match,” said Haegg. “I think it shows our focus has gotten better, to be able to close out two matches right from the beginning.” On top of winning five of six singles matches, Andover took all three doubles points. Number 1 Reagan Posorske ’17 had a final score of 6-4, 6-1. Both Co-Captains Camille Price ’15 and Campbell Howe ’14 took home 6-3, 6-0 victories, as Numbers 2 and 4 respectively. The only loss of the day came from Number 6 Lara Danovitch ’16 who fell 6-2, 6-2. According to Haegg, Head Coach Deborah Chase rounded up the team once the match had already been decided with the singles wins, and told the girls they had nothing to lose. “It gave us a new, unique drive. We had nothing to worry about, and it was easier to play loose, so we wanted to just go for it and close out the match. Not to mention, it made doubles a place to try some new strategies, which is really helpful for developing a greater comfort zone,” said Danovitch. Price and Posorske won 8-4 at Number 1 doubles, followed by an 8-1 win by Haegg and Howe at Number 2, and an 8-0 win at Number 3 from Tobeason and Danovitch. A strong start to the season last Friday against Groton helped the team gain momentum and confidence for its Saturday success. Posorske, Katherine Tobeason ’14 and Sewon Park ’17 won singles matches to give Andover the 10-5 win, with each set contributing a point. The team will finish the road trip at Nobles today and open up two home matches on Saturday against Choate and Hotchkiss.