Piedmont tennis continues league play

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 split a pair of West Alameda County League matches, shutting out Tennyson on September 24 before falling to Berkeley on September 26. Both matches were on the road.

Against Tennyson, the Highlanders won, 7-0. Three matches ended up 6-0, 6-0: No. 3 singles Morgan Bouch against Cesia Gomez; No. 4 singles Michaela Bini against Aiko Dfabu; and No. 3 doubles of Audrey Mahany and Anne Jumper over Harmon Jahal and Paula Carzeon.

Audrey Edel won the No. 1 singles match over Tesesa Raw, 6-0, 6-1. Amanda Becker and Audrey Call teamed up to win the No. 1 doubles match over Megan Quiambao and Yesenia Lopez, 6-0, 6-3. Piedmont lost only eight games total on the afternoon.

It was a different story against Berkeley, which prevailed, 5-2. The Yellowjackets swept the singles matches, with Solia Valentine beating Emily Becker at No. 1, 6-0, 6-0.

Piedmont took two out of three doubles matches. Call and Marlowe McEfee beat Berkeley’s Zo Pancoast and Leah Wildman at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-4. The No. 3 team of Austen Elvekrog and Maddie Young defeated Isabella Ingersol and Sofia Labra, 6-2, 6-0.

The No. 2 doubles match was the best of the day, with the Yellowjackets’ Magda Frigo and Andrea Morales-Menzoza outlasting Amanda Becker and Lily Orta, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.

“Our team of Amanda Becker and Lili Orta came back from 5-2 down in the first set to win it 7-5,” Piedmont coach James Landes said. “They both started returning serve consistently, and poaching very well. The momentum shifted in the second and they lost it 6-3. The 10-point breaker was a nail biter. Both teams played very well and we lost it 10-8.”

The team next faces Arroyo on October 1 and Alameda on October 3, both away from home.

Photos by Brian Mahany

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