Girls’ Tennis – match reports
The term began with a challenging fixture away at Sutton Valence. With only one training session completed, the game was going to be a tough physical and technical challenge. Sutton Valence, as expected, were a strong side. Each pair were well drilled and gave little away in every rally. To our credit, the teams managed to win a few games, and were very resilient against a strong side. Unfortunately, this first game back resulted in a loss, but the girls remained hopeful that in future matches they would fare better.
This indeed proved to be the case as in the second game, against St Lawrence at home, the girls found their feet. The conditions were far from conducive to free flowing tennis, being cold and windy, but the team adapted well.
The first pair, Clara Kanzler and Katie Gordon, won their three matches 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. The second pair, Eloise Towns and Leah Sefrin, enjoyed a thrilling match against St Lawrence’s first pair, beating them 6-0. They went on to beat the third pair, 6-1, and narrowly lost to the second pair, 5-6. Our third pair, Kate Sherwin and Becky Boucher, had a very close match against the second pair, losing 6-4. They then went on to beat the third pair, 6-2. Overall, it was a comprehensive win for St Edmund’s, 6 – 3.
Duke of York’s RMS were up next. Katie Gordon and Clara Kanzler dominated, winning all of their games convincingly, 6-0, 6-0, 6-2. Eloise Towns and Leah Sefrin duly followed suit, winning all of their games, 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. Our third pair endured a much tougher match, losing all their games. However, this proved not enough for our guests as we recorded a deserved 6 – 3 victory.
King’s, Canterbury came to visit on a warm, sunny afternoon. All games were closely contested, but unfortunately, the team finished just short of what would have been a deserved victory. Katie Gordon and Clara Kanzler played superbly, winning two of their three matches, before going to narrowly lose against a very strong first pair. The rest of the team also contributed well to a keenly contested fixture.
The development amongst the side is clear to see, and with many matches still to come, we hope to finish the season on a very positive note.
Mrs Rebecca Lea