The girls varsity tennis team defeated Suffield Academy 6-1 on Wednesday, May 3, at Suffield Academy.
The team faced a new challenge in this match, as the playing format, referred to as a 4-3 format, was different from the 6-3 format that the Pelicans typically play. This change meant meaning that every match counted as a point to the overall score, instead of the combined score of the doubles matches counting as one overall point.
In the first round of matches, sophomore Angel Neklyudova, playing at No. 3, put forth a great showing and defeated her opponent in two sets, 6-1 and 6-4 to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead.
Next, the team’s No. 1 doubles pairing of senior captain Zoe Alford and sophomore Izzy Heflin came from 6-7 down to win the tiebreaker and their match, securing another point for Loomis.
At the No. 2 singles spot, sophomore Isabella Delach had a great game, rallying from a set down (1-6) to then win the next set 6-1. It was point for point in the tiebreaker, but she came up just short, falling 8-10 in the final set.
With the score now 2-1 in favor of the Pelicans, fans, coaches, and teammates were treated to two great matches that both went into tiebreaker sets. At No. 1 singles, senior captain Isabel Bedoya Rose dominated her third set tiebreaker 10-4 after dropping her second set 3-6. At No. 4 singles, sophomore Sydney Huttner also rallied back after dropping her second set, and she won her tiebreaking match 10-3, securing the fourth overall point of the match and giving the Pelicans the victory.
Despite having secured the victory, Loomis still had three matches to go, as the No. 2 doubles team of senior Ellie Abrams and junior Emily Tang clawed back from a 4-5 deficit to take home an 8-6 victory.
The final doubles match of the day included seniors Annie Sun and Lily Walker, who dominated their match and won 8-3.
Despite all of this, the highlight of the match came in No. 5 singles — which doesn’t officially count toward the match score — as both teams and the coaches and fans gathered around to watch junior Sofia Sorce rally back from a 6-7 score to force yet another tiebreaker, which she won in nail-biting fashion 7-5.
Up next, the Pelicans travel to Deerfield Academy on Saturday, May 6, for a matchup against the Doors at 3 p.m.