Piedmont tennis finishes off regular season with wins

2022 Piedmont girls tennis Back row: Jim Landes, Emma Eisemon, Carolina Romanczuk, Ceci deFazio, Anika Gilliland, Tanya Kononova, Arianna Kortum, Asha Byers, Kate Jumper, Corey Reich Kneeling: Abigail Call, Ellie Broscow, Anne Jumper, Mara LaForte, Michaela Bini, Talia Blumberg, Sophia Kalamas

The Piedmont High School girls tennis team finished off a perfect West Alameda County Conference regular season schedule with wins over Berkeley and Bishop O’Dowd.

The Highlanders now prepare for the WACC tournament, which will be held November 4-5 at Chabot College.

On October 25, Piedmont defeated Berkeley at home, 4-3. No. 1 Tanya Kononova was the lone singles winner for the Highlanders, defeating Elliot Schrag, 6-1, 6-0.

However, Piedmont swept the doubles. The No. 1 team of Mara LaForte and Michaela Bini beat Rowan Kennedy and Malika Treyna, 6-3, 7-5. Emma Eisemon and Cecilia DeFazio defeated Lianna Leug and Nala Valenzuela Apperibay at No. 2, 6-1, 6-1. Kate Jumper and Anna Kortum beat Talia Antell-Proulx and Ava Kurapka in the No. 3 match, 6-1, 6-2.

The Yellowjackets notched wins at 2-3-4 singles. Ariana Alharazy beat Anne Jumper at No. 2, 6-2, 4-6, 10-3. Sam Lopatin beat Carolina Romanczuk at No. 3, 6-2, 6-3. At No. 4, Lydia Schrag defeated Anika Gilliland, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-2.

Mara LaForte (left) and Michaela Bini

On October 27, the Highlanders beat Bishop O’Dowd on the road, 6-1. This time, Piedmont swept the singles. Kononova beat Ashley Carrol at No. 1, 6-3, 6-0. Anne Jumper downed Diya Shah at No. 2, 6-1, 6-3. Romanczuk won the No. 3 match over Silvia Buziak, 6-0, 6-0, and Gilliland beat Eillie Wong at No. 4, 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.

The Dragons got their point at No. 1 doubles, where Leyla Akcaoglu and Ceci Weible beat LaForte and Bini, 6-4, 6-2. Piedmont’s Eisemon and DeFazio won at No. 2 over Zoe Leonardo and Fiona Ford, 6-4, 6-2. Kate Jumper and Kortum defeated Liyat Icifle and Sasha Volpe at No. 3, 6-4, 6-1.

2022 Piedmont girls tennis seniors (l-r): Sophia Kalamas, Anne Jumper, Mara LaForte, Talia Blumberg, Michaela Bini

Piedmont will enter two singles and two doubles teams in the WACC tournament. Some years, a third doubles team can be entered. Play starts at 10:30 a.m. on November 4 at Chabot. Semifinals and finals will be held on November 5.

Bids for the North Coast Section team championships will be announced on November 6.

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