Williamstown girls win, boys fall
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.
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.”