The Unionville High School girls tennis team is hoping to capture the Ches-Mont League's American Division title this fall.Last Friday afternoon against archrival Kennett, the Lady Indians took another step towards that goal.
Unionville moved to 8-0 overall on the season, and 7-0 in the Ches-Mont thanks to a convincing 5-2 victory over 2007 American Division champion Kennett in a match played at Unionville High School.
Unionville remained in sole possession of first place in the division with the victory, with Great Valley (7-1) hot on their heels in second place. With the loss, Kennett dropped to 4-4 in the Ches-Mont League.
"It's always a big win when you beat Kennett," said Unionville head coach Janet Johnston. "There's always great competition between the two schools in every sport, and tennis is no exception. Kennett has a very strong team, and they played well. We just happened to come out with the win."
Unionville won two of the three singles matches, and three of the four doubles matches to prevail.
Unionville senior Natalie Dupuis was victorious at No. 1 singles, as she defeated Kennett's Kelly Vaile 6-3, 6-3. The Lady Blue Demons took second singles, thanks to a strong effort from Sarah Chambers, who downed Ally Jameson 7-6 (3), 6-3. Unionville's Jackie Lane closed out the singles matches by beating Colleen Shiflet in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Kennett won the No. 1 doubles match as Molly Visk and Linzi Webster scored a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Kyle Christian and Jenna Davis. At second doubles, Unionville's Krista Diehl and Jackie Nycum defeated Kaitlyn Cyr and Caitlyn Ferry 6-3, 6-1. The Lady Indians grabbed No. 3 doubles behind Abbey Mateson and Sarah Heffelfinger, who got by Rachel Gerrald and Abigail Thomas 6-2, 7-5. Finally, in the only match to go three sets, fourth doubles, Unionville's Katy Rose Schroeder and Emily Olson edged Kennett's Alli Nagode and Nicole Pawlowski 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Unionville had a big match scheduled with Great Valley earlier this week, which occurred after the paper's deadline. That match will go along way in deciding the ChesMont's American Division title.
"Our goal is to win the league," said Johnston, "but we're just taking it one game, one step, at a time.
"I knew going into this season that this was a special team. I don't know if we quite expected to be in this spot - 8-0 overall - but I'm just really happy for the girls that all of their hard work is paying off."