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It would be difficult to script a better start to the 2016 season than what the Nordonia High School girls tennis team has enjoyed so far.
That's because the Lady Knights won three of their first four matches and in the process have seemed to solidify their starting lineup.
Nordonia opened the campaign with a 4-1 victory over Ravenna on the road Aug. 12.
Nordonia junior Jacqueline Wendel-Pinyon won at first singles by the score of 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, while sophomore Arianna Pearson was victorious at third singles by a 6-4, 6-3 margin. Sophomore Helena Marcic lost at second singles, but she fought valiantly in a 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 defeat.
Nordonia's first doubles tandem of seniors Rachel Kopniske and Courtney DelGiudice was victorious by the score of 6-1, 6-1. The Lady Knights' second doubles unit of seniors Becca Cermak and Alyssa Sansavera also won, registering a 6-2, 6-1 triumph.
On Aug, 16, Nordonia traveled to Aurora, where the Lady Knights suffered a 5-0 defeat.
However, Nordonia bounced back the following day, blanking Cleveland Heights 5-0 on the road.
Wendel-Pinyon won at first singles again, this time by the score of 6-2, 7-5. Marcic was also victorious, producing a 7-5, 6-3 win. Pearson triumphed, as well, cruising to a 6-3, 6-0 win.
Kopniske and DelGiudice were winners at first singles by the score of 6-1, 6-0. Cermak and Sansavera completed the shutout with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
"The two doubles teams are all seniors and all returning letter winners, and they were all doubles teammates last year," said Nordonia head coach Ryan Vehar. "They have a lot of experience since this is their second year playing together. It's rare to have the same four girls playing doubles for two years in a row."
On Aug. 18, Nordonia played its first home match, edging Mentor by the score of 3-2.
Wendel-Pinyon won at first singles in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. Pearson was victorious at third singles by a 6-4, 6-2 margin. Contributing the decisive victory were Kopniske and DelGiudice at first singles (6-2, 6-2).
None of the first four matches of the season were conference contests. The Lady Knights are members of the National Conference of the Suburban League.
"We've played really well against some good competition," said Vehar. "We played well in the loss to Aurora, too. Mentor was a big win for us, though. They're the largest school in Ohio, and to be able to get a victory against them was great for our program."
On Aug. 22, Nordonia was slated to visit Highland, but results were not available at press time.
On Aug. 24, the Lady Knights will open the conference portion of their schedule at home against Hudson. On Aug. 25, Nordonia will host Normandy. First match both days is at 4 p.m.