Piedmont tennis beats Castro Valley and O’Dowd

2019 Girls Tennis: Back Row (l-r): Jim Landes, Maddie Young, Morgan Bouch, Bridgette McEfee, Audrey Edel, Austen Elvekrog, Marlowe McEfee, Audrey Mahany, Hannah Ferguson, Assistant Coach Corey Reich Front row (l-r): Anne Jumper, Lily Orta, Amanda Becker, Audrey Call, Emily Becker, Michaela Bini, Mara LaForte

The Highlanders team demonstrated their improvement over the course of the season with a 4-3 win at Bishop O’Dowd on October 17, a dramatic reversal from a month ago, when the Dragons defeated the Highlanders, 6-1.

The win came a week after a gritty win at home over Castro Valley, also by a 4-3 score.

Piedmont and Bishop O’Dowd split the singles matches. Audrey Edel won the No. 2 match over Georgia Bunkers, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. No. 3 Bridgette McEfee defeated Hayden Senegal, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Bishop O’Dowd’s Evian Jiang won the No. 1 singles match over Emily Becker, 6-1, 7-6 (0). At No. 4, the Dragons’ Alex Davis prevailed over Mara LaForte, 6-2, 6-4.

In doubles, Piedmont’s No. 1 team of Audrey Call and Marlowe McEfee defeated Ava Murphy and Lauryn Davis, 6-2, 6-2. The No. 3 team of Maddie Young and Austen Elvekrog beat Isi Szuhaj and Cecily Hayes, 6-2, 6-3. Bishop O’Dowd’s Marianne Taner and Alexa Alfred won an extremely close No. 2 match over Lily Orta and Amanda Becker, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-2.

The win on October 10 at home against Castro Valley was a near-mirror image. The teams again split the four singles matches. The Highlanders Emily Becker fell to Elena Lottich at No. 1, 6-1, 6-1. But Edel defeated the Trojans’ Anha Mortensen at No. 2, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. No. 3 was another tough match, with Piedmont’s Bridgette McEfee prevailing over Lauren Leong, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. Castro Valley’s Gaby Madison won the No. 4 match over Hannah Ferguson, 6-2, 6-2.

The Highlanders won the match by taking two out of three doubles. Audrey Call and Marlowe McEfee won the No. 1 match over Marissa Chan and Sammie Lee, 6-4, 7-5. Castro Valley’s Kele Fong and Alex Tam took the No. 2 match over Orta and Amanda Becker, 6-2, 6-1. Piedmont’s Elvekrog and Young were victorious in the No. 3 match, downing Helena Lu and Camille Camoro, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

The Highlanders play at Mt. Eden on October 22.

Photos by Brian Mahany

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