The Greenwich High School girls tennis team got back on the winning track on Tuesday, posting a 5-2 win over visiting Ridgefield in an FCIAC match. The Cardinals, who were coming off losses against New Canaan and Darien, evened their record to 4-4 with the victory.
Greenwich swept the doubles matches and split the four singles matchups in the triumph. At first singles, sophomore Ivanna Diez de Bonilla came back to defeat Ridgefield’s Natalia Roseff, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.
“I didn’t have too many winners, what was winning me the match was my consistency,” Diez de Bonilla said.
Each time out on the court, Diez de Bonilla has faced formidable singles players at the No. 1 spot.
“I am learning a lot, because as a singles player I am not used to coming to the net, so that’s something I’ve had to learn – to take advantage of those short balls,” Diez de Bonilla said.
At second singles, Ridgefield received a victory from Sneh Dagar. She posted a 6-4, 6-0 win against Greenwich’s Kyra Dybas. Freshman Malena Schraa continued her successful season at third singles. Using her effective groundstrokes, Schraa was a 6-2, 6-3 winner against Ridgefield’s Cecilia O’Malley.
“Most of my points were was mostly from winners, I tried to be consistent,” Schraa said. “I hit a bunch of winners and it worked out well.”
In the No. 3 doubles match, Ava Treat of the Tigers took a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 decision against Cardinals junior Courteney Sheets.
“I think I kind of lost focus and she was figuring out what I was doing,” Sheets said. “I just think I need to mix up my shots more. We’ve all been learning to be more consistent and change up from slice to top spin and have a variety of shots.”
Sheets believes playing against such competitive players has benefited her.
“They are all kind of different types of players,” Sheets said. “Some teams will have big hitters and some teams will have more crafty type players, so it has taught me to play different types of players.”
At first doubles, senior Abby Shropshire and sophomore Julia Tamis of Greenwich won in straight sets against Alexis Zacharakis/Megan Dunphy, 6-2, 7-5.
“We started off strong, I think we lost a little bit of energy in the beginning of the second set, so we kind of had to pull ourselves together, but we ended up winning,” Shropshire said. “Julia and I have learned to adapt well and we are learning how to play together.”
In a hard-fought match that was the final one completed, Cardinals senior Kira Popa and freshman Emily Weinstein pulled out a 7-5, 6-7 (6), 12-10 win against Kate Bucci/Isabel Voellmicke at second doubles. In the No. 3 doubles match, Cardinals sophomores Mei McGuinness/Valentina Rivano were victorious against Tara Ford/Carter Mendez, 6-0, 6-4.
Greenwich hosts Bridgeport Central Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Cardinals water girls water polo team continued its undefeated season by beating Greenwich Aquatics, 18-11, in a match held at the YMCA of Greenwich.
Senior co-captain Bella Schraa recorded a team-high four goals to pace the Cardinals’ offense. Sofie Wang had a hat trick for Greenwich, which held a 5-2 lead after the first quarter. Ellen Norell tallied twice for Greenwich, which improved its record to 5-0.
Cecile Whittle scored three goals for Greenwich, which was also sparked offensively by senior co-captain Emma Phillips, Olivia Hopper, Ashley Hopper and Mikaela Browning.
Up next for Greenwich is a home match against Greenwich Academy today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m.