Piedmont tennis tunes up for postseason

2021 Girls tennis: Back row (l-r) Corey Reich, Bridgette McEfee, Amanda Becker, Audrey Mahany, Emma Eisemon, Anika Gilliland, Sofia Ferraro, Audrey Frankel, Anne Jumper, Cecilia deFazio, Jim Landes Front row: Talia Blumberg, Sophia Kalamas, Michaela Bini, Rose Siemers, Mara LaForte, Ava Hersch, Elise Young. Not pictured: Neil Rothenberg

The Highlanders got ready for the playoffs with their final two West Alameda County Conference matches.

Piedmont defeated Berkeley on October 28, 5-2. The road victory avenged a loss at home to the Yellowjackets earlier in the season.

Bridgette McEfee

Piedmont’s Bridgette McEfee beat Maya Curry in a terrific No. 1 singles match, 6-4, 2-6, 10-5. Curry had beaten McEfee in the first match.

At No. 4 singles, the Highlanders’ Anika Gilliland beat Lydia Schrag, 6-2, 6-3.

Annika Gilliland

Piedmont swept the doubles matches. At No. 1, Amanda Becker and Audrey Mahany defeated Ariana Alharazy and Elliot Schraag, 6-4, 6-4. The best match came at No. 2, where Audrey Frankel and Mara LaForte survived a tie-breaker in the first set before downing Rowan Kennedy and Natasha Wadlund, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Emma Eisemon and Cecilia DeFazio beat Talia Antell-Proulx and Cadie Mateer in the No. 3 match, 6-0, 6-4.

Mara LaForte (left) and Audrey Frankel

Berkeley got wins from No. 2 singles Estella Handa over Anne Jumper (7-5, 6-0), and No. 3 singles Hannah Groth-Reity over Michaela Bini (6-4, 6-3).

On October 26, Piedmont fell at home to Bishop O’Dowd, 5-2. The Highlanders two wins came at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles.

Audrey Mahany (front) and Amanda Becker

At No. 1, Becker and Mahany beat Maya Metha and Piper Bunkers in a very tight match, 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. At No. 3, Eisemon and DeFazio won another close one, beating Lara Lancaster and Leyla Akcaoglu, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

The Dragons’ Alexa Allred and Ava Turner won the No. 2 doubles match over Frankel and LaForte, 6-2, 6-3.

Cecilia DeFazio (left) and Emma Eisemon

Polina Marakhtanova beat McEfee at No. 1 singles for Bishop O’Dowd, 6-0, 6-1. Marianne Taner defeated Jumper at No. 2, 6-3, 6-1. Ava Daniel downed Bini at No. 3, 6-4, 7-5. And Ceci Weible was the winner at No. 4, beating Gilliland, 6-1, 6-3.

Piedmont competes at the WACC league tournament over the weekend of November 5-6. Next comes the North Coast Section team and individual tournaments. The team competition begins November 9. Brackets will be announced November 7.

Photos by Brian Mahany

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