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Nordonia girls tennis on a roll in middle of season

by Matt Deutsch | Correspondent Published: September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

The Nordonia High School girls tennis team is on a roll, winning three of four matches recently.

The Lady Knights started their roll with a 3-2 victory over non-conference opponent St. Vincent-St. Mary on the road Sept. 1. Nordonia topped the Irish by the score of 3-2.

Nordonia sophomore Arianna Pearson won at third singles 6-1, 6-1. Both doubles teams were also victorious.

The first doubles unit of seniors Rachel Kopniske and Kourtney DelGiudice prevailed by the score of 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. The second doubles tandem of seniors Alyssa Sansavera and Becca Cermak won by a 6-3, 7-6 margin.

On Sept. 2, Nordonia hosted Suburban League National Conference counterpart Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The match was originally scheduled Aug. 31, but was postponed due to rain. The Lady Knights fell to defeat by the score 5-0.

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On Sept. 6, Nordonia then welcomed Tallmadge to town, hanging a 5-0 loss on the Lady Blue Devils. Tallmadge is a member of the American Conference of the Suburban League.

Junior Jackie Wendel won at first singles 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Helena Marcic was a 6-0, 6-0 victor at second singles, while Pearson posted a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at third singles.

Kopniske and DelGiudice were also victorious, producing a 6-1, 6-0 win. Sansavera and Cermak were equally dominant, registering a 6-0, 6-1 triumph.

On Sept. 7, Nordonia traveled to conference foe Cuyahoga Falls. The Lady Knights edged the Lady Black Tigers by the score of 3-2.

Pearson won at third singles 6-4, 6-0. Both doubles teams also claimed victory, Kopniske and DelGiudice by the score of 6-3, 6-3 and Sansavera and Cermak by a 6-4, 6-4 margin.

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"Falls was a big win for us," said Nordonia head coach Ryan Vehar. "It's the first time that Nordonia has beaten Falls in the last 10 or 15 years."

Nordonia also had a match scheduled against non-conference opponent Lake on the road Sept. 8. That match was postponed due to inclement weather conditions.

As of press time, Nordonia owned an overall record of 9-4. The Lady Knights were also 2-2 in the National Conference of the Suburban League.

"We've been playing well," said Vehar. "Doubles have been solid this season. Our first and second doubles teams are returning varsity players with lots of experience."

On Sept. 12, Nordonia was set to host conference foe North Royalton, but results weren't available at press time.

On Sept. 14, the Lady Knights will welcome conference nemesis Twinsburg to town. On Sept. 15, they'll travel to Brush. Both matches start at 4 p.m.

"The girls are playing with a lot of confidence," said Vehar. "We just need to be on top of our game. We need to take three out of five matches to win as a team, and those wins can come from anybody. That philosophy has helped us to string together a lot of victories so far."

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