Williamstown girls win, boys fall

Williamstown High’s Jimmy Fauber returns a rally shot from John Marshall No. 3 singles player Brian Kotson during his 8-4 victory Wednesday at Williamstown tennis courts. Photo by Joe Albright.

WILLIAMSTOWN — Fans of Williamstown tennis were treated to two well-played comebacks during the Class A Yellowjackets match with Class AAA John Marshall Wednesday afternoon at WHS tennis courts.

Dave and Diane Leo’s No. 2 doubles teams recovered from early deficits for contest victories.

The ‘Jacket boys’ duo of freshman Jimmy Fauber and sophomore Dylan Hall came roaring back from a 7-2 deficit and downed the Monarch pairing of Jacob Rose and Riley Glines, 9-7.

Fauber and Hall fell behind 6-1 out of the gate. They split the next two for to stay in a five-game hole.

Yellowjackets’ No. 3 girls’ singles player India Flores concentrates on her next shot to John Marshall’s McKenzie Whorton during the Yellowjackets’ default victory. Photo by Joe Albright.

However, the young Yellowjacket combo captured the next seven victories and celebrated with a big “man hug” at the end of the match.

“We just kind of looked what they were doing and we kept playing up,” said Hall, when quizzed about epic come-from-behind win. “We can’t let ourselves down and we have to get going.”

“One guy we were playing had really sharp angles on his hit … So we adjusted to that,” added Fauber. “And we made it happen.”

When asked what the win meant both responded with “It means a lot.”

Fauber picked up his second win over a AAA opponent when he downed JMHS’ Brian Kotson 8-4 in No. 3 singles action.

Those two wins were it for the boys. They dropped the overall match 5-2 to John Marshall.

WHS’ No. 2 singles player Ricardo Gasquet almost gave the home team three victories. JM’s Glines and he fought through a hard 14 games before Glines emerged victorious.

Though not quite as dramatic as their male counterparts win, India Flores and Alexis Jones recovered from deficits of 3-2 and 4-3 for an 8-4 triumph over JMHS’ McKenzie Whorton and Emily Armstrong.

Williamstown High’s duo took control after the ninth game of the set and went up, 5-4. The maroon and gold duo broke their opponents twice in the last three games for the 8-4 win.

“In the beginning we weren’t talking very much,” said Flores. “And then we started talking a lot and that was probably what turned things around for us.

“It is pretty cool,” added the sophomore, when asked about the win over a school two classifications above WHS. “Because when you go out there and your coach tells you they are a AAA school it is pretty nervewracking.”

Flores cited the comeback as an encouraging reminder for when Jones and her trail against a single A school in one of their closing matches or at regionals later in the year.

Her No. 3 singles match with Whorton then lasted three-and-a-half hours before the JMHS player retired for a default win for Flores. “India is a fighter,” said Leo, who watched her battle through 16 deuces in a single game to get the win.

Jones cruised to an 8-2 win over Nikki Wilson in No. 4 singles action.

Williamstown’s No. 1 female doubles team finished a point away in a tiebreaker from making it three great comebacks on the afternoon for the home team. Alyssa Hoffman and Siara Deem got up 3-2 early against the Monarchs’ Hannah Stevey and Visakha Turner, fell behind 6-3, fought back to 8 all, before losing 9-7 in a tiebreaker.

The duo took a 7-6 lead after thirteen tiebreaker points and were a double fault from victory before the Monarchs took the next three points.

Hoffman avenged the doubles loss in her No. 1 singles showdown with Stevey. The senior never trailed in route to an 8-2 victory.

Deem hung tough against Turner in No. 2 singles but couldn’t get a break when needed. She dropped an 8-6 decision.

After everything was said and done, the maroon and gold girls came out with a 5-2 match win.

“Everyone contributed and stepped up today,” said Leo. “This match was important to get us prepared for regionals.”