On April 14, the Newburyport Clippers blanked the Marblehead High School girls tennis team (7-0 in the NEC, 7-2 overall as of May 9), 5-0. Newburyport was able to win three matches that went to three sets to help put them over the top.
First singles phenom Caroline Scholson bested Allesandra Staffialini, 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Maddie Conlon lost to Ana Lynch in second singles, 6-1, 2-6, 2-6. Junior captain Charly Cooper fell to Kat O’Connor in third singles, 4-6, 1-6.
The first doubles team of Courtney Yoder and Ella Kramer lost a barnburner in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, and second doubles was an equally exciting match, but in the end the Magicians tandem came up short, 5 -7, 6-3, 5-7.
“The final score did not reflect the closeness of the entire match, and also the quality of the individual matches,” said coach Tracy Ackerman. “Our doubles teams have shown great improvement, and while several of the players do not have any varsity experience, I expect them to get even better as the season goes on. It should be fun to watch. “
The Marblehead girls bounced right back the next day to beat Peabody, 5-0.
Staffialini won her first singles match, 6-4, 6-0. Conlon also won a straight sets match, 6-1, 6-2. Cooper dominated her third singles opponent, 6-0, 6-0.
The first doubles team of Leah Schauer and Aviva Bornstein made their varsity debut on a good one with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph. Stella Monaco and Camille Eagan were also varsity novices, but they played like veterans to come away with a 6-2, 6-1 win.
The Magicians then edged Danvers, 3-2.
Staffialini lost 4-6, 2-6 to Madison Savage in first singles. In a lengthy, competitive match, Abbey Lyman of Danvers bested Conlon in second singles, 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 8-6. Cooper then got her teammates untracked with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Amanda TInkharm.
The Marblehead girls were able to cruise to victory in both of their doubles matches. Ella Kramer and Schauer won in first doubles, 6-0, 6-1. Aoife Breshnahan and Andrea Potvin did the same in second doubles, 6-1, 6-0.
But non-league Hamilton-Wenham was able to snap Marblehead’s winning streak to the tune of 5-0.
Staffialini lost to Sky Jara in first singles, 6-0, 6-1. Naomi Provost also came up short in second singles, 6-0, 6-0.
Kramer, a senior, played her first-ever singles match, and was still able to put up a good battle, only to come up short in a third singles tiebreaker, 1-6, 6-7 (4-7).
Breshnahan and Potvin lost in first doubles, 0-6, 1-6. Monaco and Bornstein dropped a close second doubles encounter, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 4-10 in a super third set tiebreaker.
On April 25, the Marblehead girls beat their Swampscott rivals, 4-1.
This NEC matchup did not disappoint, with four out of five matches going the three set route.
Marblehead’s second doubles team of Schauer and Bornstein was able to get on the scoreboard first, and never let up to win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Yoder and Kramer won their first doubles match in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Clara Power then ended up defeating Conlon in second singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-7 (4-7). But then, Cooper topped Laine Fautes in third singles, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, and Staffialini took care of Veronika Isagulyan in first singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
“With both of our teams losing many players from last year’s teams, it was great to see a young and enthusiastic group of players from both sides coming out and giving it their all,” said Ackerman. “I’m sure both sides will show great improvement throughout the season.”
On April 29, the Magicians shut out Salem, 5-0. Conlon won her first singles match, 6-2, 6-0. Cooper won in second singles, 6-0, 6-0. Lucia Levin made her varsity debut in this match playing third singles, and came away with a satisfying 6-3, 6-0 win.
Breshnahan and Potvin won in first doubles, 6-0, 6-0. Camille Eagan and Monaco experienced similar results in second doubles, 6-0, 6-1.
The Magicians began a new month with a 5-0 triumph over Saugus on May 3.
With Staffialini injured, there were a few last minute lineup changes, before facing the Sachems. Conlon slid once again into the first singles slot to win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Cooper, playing second singles, was also triumphant, 6-1, 6-3. Potvin moved up to third singles and won rather easily, 6-0, 6-3.
The first doubles tandem of Kramer and Yoder blitzed their Saugus counterparts, 6-0, 6-0. Schauder and Aviva completed the shutout win in second doubles with 6-1, 6-0 victory.
“With our first singles player out, I was able to dig into our bench, where there are several young, talented players hungry for the varsity experience,” said Ackerman. “All our players stepped up in a big way. We have some important matches remaining in the season, and right now the girls are starting to play their best tennis. I’m excited to see what the next part of the season holds for us. “
The Marblehead girls then defeated host Winthrop last Friday, May 6, 4-1.
Cooper, playing second singles, got the first point of the day, winning her match going away, 6-1, 6-2. The first doubles team of Bresnahan and Potvin came out on top, 6-2, 6-0. Sarah Gold, making her varsity debut at third singles, kept up the team’s winning ways, 3-6, 6-3 (7-5).
Marblehead cousins Amelia Singer and Lucia Levin made their debut together playing second doubles and ended up winning in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. But Conlon lost a hard fought battle in first singles, 7-5, 0-6, (4-7). Her teammates di lei, however, secured the other four wins to seal the deal on another conference victory.
The Magicians started a new week this week on the same triumphant note, edging Beverly, 3-2 on May 9.
Marblehead won its three points at third singles, with Cooper winning 6-0, 6-0; first doubles, with Kramer and Yoder coming out on top, 6-1, 6-3; and second doubles, with Bresnahan and Potvin besting their foes, 6-1, 6-1.
Marblehead took on host Swampscott on May 11 after press deadline, before coming home to host Amesbury on Thursday, May 12.