MAU shuts out rival BBA

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BENNINGTON — No one is hotter than the Mount Anthony girls tennis team to start off the 2016 season.

The Patriots continued rolling through their opponents on Thursday, shutting out their rival Burr and Burton 7-0.

From the start of the match, the Patriots had full command of the contest.

Starting the day off in winning fashion for MAU was senior Margaret Curtin.

The Patriots No. 1 singles player had no problems playing her game against BBA's Bridgett Ring, jumping out to a 3-0 lead to start the first set.

Ring would get back in it, though, and was able to start the next two games with a 30 to love advantage, but Curtin responded with some long volley points that saw Ring hit a bunch of her shots into the net and extended her lead to 5-0.

After Ring won the next game to make it 5-1 with her impressive serving, Curtin then put a seal on the first set, again winning a couple long volleys and took the set 6-1.

In the second set, Curtin continued to dominate the match, slicing through Ring with some forehand and backhand shots that the BBA player couldn't return.

Curtin even got the lucky bounce of a shot off the top of the net that dunked in to allow her to go up 4-0.

From there the senior cruised to a 6-0 victory, wining her match in straight sets.

"I went into the match pretty confident of what I can do since I have played her before and the plan worked," Curtin said. "I worked to my strengths of playing longer rallies which I was able to win a lot of in the match and I made her play my game instead of her making me play hers."

On the other side of the courts, sophomore Ally White was in action for MAU in the No. 4 singles match of the afternoon against BBA's Sophie Fleming.

White got off to unusual slow start for the Patriots, going down 1-0 to start the match after miss-hitting a couple of her shots.

The sophomore stayed calm, though, and came back with a vengeance, using her powerful forehand shot to her advantage, getting Fleming off-balance, to rally back to take a 3-1 lead in the first set.

Fleming got back on her feet, though, and was able to tie the match at 4-4 all in the first set, but did not faze White, who quickly took care of the next two games to win the first set 6-4.

White kept on rolling to start the second set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead on Fleming and looked like she was not going be stopped.

However, White again started miss-hitting some shots, allowing Fleming to pick up a win to make 4-1.

After winning the next game to extend her lead to 5-1, White missed her chance to win the match by missing two match-point opportunities that kept Fleming in the match, but the sophomore rebounded again with a win in the next game to take the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

"My play was off in the beginning, but once I started getting my shots down I was able to bounce back to win the match," White said. "Also, once I understood what kind of opponent I was playing it allowed to use my strengths against her weaknesses more and that helped me a lot too in the match."

Up 2-0 now, MAU picked up straight set wins in the last three singles matches.

No. 2 singles player Grace Page defeated BBA's Hanna Gude 6-1, 6-0.

No. 3 singles player Anna Salem beat BBA freshman Chole MacDonald 6-1, 6-3 and No. 5 singles player Phebe Hall won her match against BBA's Maisie Kane 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles action the No. 1 MAU doubles pair of Thea Pappas and Camryn Bentley defeated BBA's pair of Julie McNealus and Evangeline Morrison 6-4, 6-4.

Both sets in the match were tied 4-4 with Pappas and Bentley winning each of the last two games to win both sets.

In No. 2 doubles action, the MAU pair of Kaitlin Banks and Trinity Galipeau beat the Bulldogs pair of Avery Gilgallon and Katie Liell in straights sets 6-3, 6-1 that sealed up the shutout victory for the Patriots.

In their win against BBA, MAU did not drop a single set in the match, winning each contest in straight sets.

"The girls have come out of the blocks fast and are playing outstanding to start the season," said MAU coach Steve Coggeshall. "I know today's win is a little tainted because BBA didn't have some of their best players in the match, but still it's a good win and the team looks really good to start the season.

With the win, MAU improved to 7-0 on the season, while BBA drops to 4-4 in the loss.

"We were missing five of our starters today, so we had a lot of girls playing in different spots today and that hurt us against a good MAU team," said BBA coach Jeff Grimshaw. "I still think though we competed hard today and there were some bright spots for our players in the match. Next time we play MAU, though, will be at full strength and will see what the outcome is then."

BBA will now get back on the court today when they host Woodstock at 4 p.m., while MAU will have a couple days off before hosting MSJ on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.


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