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High Schools: Tide girls’ tennis team shows potential to rise

  • Concord's Gabriella Killinger serves the ball in her No. 1 singles match during the Concord girls' tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Gabriella Killinger serves the ball in her No. 1 singles match during the Concord girls' tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Gabriella Killinger returns the ball in her number one match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Gabriella Killinger returns the ball in her number one match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Emily Zimnoski returns the ball in her number two match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Emily Zimnoski returns the ball in her number two match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Emily Zimnoski returns the ball in her number two match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Emily Zimnoski returns the ball in her number two match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Gabriella Killinger serves the ball in her No. 1 singles match during the Concord girls' tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Gabriella Killinger returns the ball in her number one match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Emily Zimnoski returns the ball in her number two match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Concord's Emily Zimnoski returns the ball in her number two match during the Concord girls tennis home opener against Nashua North on April 5, 2013 at Memorial Field.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

The final score told one story as the Concord girls’ tennis team lost its home opener yesterday to Nashua South, 8-1. But the coach’s eyes told him a different story.

“It’s encouraging,” Crimson Tide Coach Greg Coache said. “I love the youth and the fight on the team right now. The potential is there.”

That potential was clear not only in the attitudes of the young Tide players (three sophomores and a freshman in the top six), but also in their strokes. If you had just watched the two teams warm up at Memorial Field and guessed the outcome based on form and technique, Concord (1-2) would have been the likely pick. But Nashua South (3-0) was too steady for the Tide and showed some good fight of its own to take the convincing decision.

Concord’s only win came at No. 1 singles where sophomore Gabriella Killinger claimed an 8-4 victory over Katelyn Griswold. And Killinger said her own steady play was the difference in the match.

“In the beginning it was rough because I was trying to put too much power behind the shots and I lost a couple games,” Killinger said. “So then I realized I needed to stay consistent and let her make the mistakes. When I did that, it went well.”

It went very well as Killinger rebounded from early deficits of 3-2 and 4-3 to reel off the last five games for the win. Killinger and Emily Zimnoski had multiple match points to also win at first doubles, but the Panthers team of Griswold and Sarah Drake fought off the Tide and eventually earned a 9-7 win.

Zimnoski also faced a tough opponent at No. 2 singles, Nashua South’s Micaela Barrey, who used a big first serve and great footwork to take an 8-1 win and give the Panthers a quick 1-0 lead. Samantha Harden made it 2-0 South minutes later with her 8-1 win over Meagan Olive at No. 3.

South’s Drake seemed ready to earn a similarly quick win at No. 4 singles, but Concord freshman Skye Reese wouldn’t go down without that fight Coache was talking about and battled to an 8-4 loss.

“In the end I was fighting for everything,” Reese said. “I was like, ‘I’m not going down 8-2.’ ”

Like Reese, Concord’s No. 5 and No. 6 players battled, but, also like Reese, they simply ran into players with more consistency. The Panthers’ Victoria Ziolek claimed an 8-3 win at No. 5 over Irene Ireme, and Sarah Alison took an 8-4 win over Kristine Peterson at No. 6.

Ziolek and Alison then teamed to take an 8-2 win at third doubles against Ireme and Peterson. Harden and Drake completed the doubles sweep with an 8-1 win at second doubles.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Bishop Brady 9, Plymouth 0

Bishop Brady (3-0) went on the road and swept Plymouth (0-1).

The singles action saw No. 1 Maddy Moran, No. 2 Katie MacMullin, No. 3 Caroline Urbanek and No. 6 Emma Nelson all win their matches 8-0, while No. 4 Lynn Yoon (8-2) and No. 5 Aliza Gray (8-1) both won to help the Green Giants take all six matchups.

All three doubles groups (No. 1 MacMullin/Urbanek, No. 2 Moran/Yoon and No. 3 Nelson/Sophie Zhang) were 8-0 victors.

Bow 7, Stevens 2

The Falcons improved to 2-0 with a road win over Stevens (0-1).

No. 1 singles player Sunday Swett set the tone with an eight-love win, and the rest of the Bow singles matches played out in similar fashion. Going down the ladder, Nisha Naik (8-0), Jess Torres (8-1), Kristie Smith (8-1), Laura Zbehlik (8-0) and Alex Lust (8-1) helped sweep all of the singles matchups.

No. 1 doubles team Swett and Naik won their match 8-0, while No. 2 Paige Wilber/Mary Lipscomb and No. 3 Kristin Duval/Allie Wilber lost a couple of tough matches, 8-4 and 8-6, respectively.

Conant 8, Kearsarge 0

The Cougars (0-2) lost at home to Conant (1-1), with the final doubles match called early due to darkness.

Kearsarge was short of its No. 1 singles player, and the team fought through tricky, windy weather in just its second time playing outside this year.

BOYS’ TENNIS

Concord 7,
Nashua South 2

The Crimson Tide improved to 3-0 with its first road win. Host Nashua South (0-3) remains winless but gave Concord a hard time with a lot of tight matches.

The Tide’s No. 1 player, Greg Cistulli, dropped an 8-6 match to the Purple Panthers’ Aaron Wang, but the rest of the Concord singles player swept down the ladder, with freshman Justin Toler (8-1), Evan Hewey (8-5), sophomore Thomas Bengtson (8-4), Josh Pifer (8-2) and sophomore Mattias Lambert (8-3) all victorious.

No. 1 doubles Cistulli/Toler won, 8-2, and No. 3 doubles Bengtson/Lambert were 8-5 winners.

“(Getting our first road win) was significant for a fairly inexperienced group of kids,” Concord Coach Dave Page said. “(Toler) showed great hands at the net in winning both his individual matches.”

Bishop Brady 9, Plymouth 0

Raventh Damerla and Thomas MacMullen won every game they played as the Green Giants improved to 2-1 with the win at home. Damerla claimed an 8-0 win at No. 1 singles and then teamed with Jack Bryck for an 8-0 win at first doubles. MacMullen won 8-0 at No. 5 singles and then paired with Tim Garrett for an 8-0 win at third doubles.

Garrett, who moved into the top six for this match, won 8-3 at No. 6 singles. No. 3 Brendan Bryck (8-3) and No. 4 Nick Vermette (8-2) also earned singles wins for Brady, and the two teamed for an 8-3 win at second doubles.

Bow 8, Portsmouth Christian 1

The Falcons (2-0) swept the six singles matches and won two of three doubles contests to easily defeat the winless Eagles (0-3).

Ben Maurer had a 8-0 victory over his opponent at No. 6 singles, while Evan Maccani, Harrison Beck and Tim Bradley won 8-1 at second, fourth and fifth singles, respectively. Zach Zbehlik (No. 1) and Arun Luckoor (No. 3) took slightly closer, but still decisive, 8-2 victories.

Maccani and Beck teamed up for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles, and John Gibbons and David Anderson-Nelson rounded out the scoring with an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

Coe-Brown 8, Hollis-Brookline 1

The Bears (2-0) continued their solid start to the season with a second straight 8-1 win in cold conditions. Hollis-Brookline fell to 0-1.

The Nos. 1-3 singles players led the way for Coe-Brown, with No. 1 Jakob Zylak (8-1 winner), No. 2 Alex Wimsatt (8-5) and No. 3 Simon Wallace (8-2) all victorious. Wimsatt had a nice comeback from 4-2 down. No. 5 Garrett Kunz (8-1) and No. 6 junior Connor Bell (8-3 for his first varsity singles win) also won to help the Bears take five of the six singles matches.

In doubles, No. 1 Zylak/Wimsatt (who fell behind early but pulled back ahead) won, 8-6; No. 2 Kunz/Bell were 8-6 victors; and No. 3 duo Jeremy Fenerty and Brian Gordon clinched the sweep of the doubles matches with an 8-4 win.

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD

Pembroke sixth

The Spartans finished sixth out of six teams at a Souhegan-hosted meet. The hosts won their meet with 162.5 points; Pembroke had 27 points.

Cody Steed had a solid day in the long jump and triple jump with a third-place finish in the former (on a 18-2.25 jump) and a second-place jump in the latter (40-1.5).

GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD

Pembroke fifth

Pembroke was fifth out of six teams at a meet in Souhegan. The Spartans had 31 points to stay ahead of sixth-place Sanborn (23). Pelham won the meet with 176 points.

Kelly Jacques was the lone event winner for Pembroke in the long jump (15-1∕4). Maddie Bardier was third in the triple jump (27-6.75), and the 4x100 relay (consisting of Bardier, Molly Hamilton, Jacques and Briana Walsh) took third place in a time of 58.2 seconds.

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