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The Nordonia High School girls tennis team is playing with a lot of confidence, and that confidence is translating into a lot of victories.
In fact, the Lady Knights won three more matches recently, starting with a 3-2 victory over Suburban League National Conference rival North Royalton at home Sept. 12.
Nordonia sophomore Helena Marcic won at second singles, prevailing by the score of 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a hard-fought match. Sophomore Arianna Pearson was victorious at third singles 6-2, 7-5. Seniors Alyssa Sansavera and Becca Cermak won at second doubles, posting a 6-0, 6-4 triumph.
"That was a big win for us," said Nordonia head coach Ryan Vehar. "North Royalton is traditionally a good team, and it's been a while since we beat them."
On Sept. 14, Nordonia welcomed conference nemesis Twinsburg to town. Once again, the Lady Knights prevailed by a 3-2 margin.
Marcic won at second singles 6-1, 6-2. The second doubles tandem of Sansavera and Cermak produced a 6-4, 6-3 win.
The match ultimately came down to third singles. With the contest tied 2-2, Pearson pulled out a grueling 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) victory.
"Arianna was very steady that day," said Vehar. "She was good with her serves, with getting to every ball, and with getting them back in play. It all came down to that match, and she did a really nice job."
On Sept. 15, Nordonia traveled to non-conference opponent Brush. The Lady Knights were dominant, blanking the Lady Arcs by the score of 5-0.
Junior Jackie Wendel won at first singles 6-3, 6-3. Marcic was also victorious at second singles by the score of 6-2, 6-3. In addition, Pearson produced a 6-0, 6-3 win at third singles.
Senior Rachel Kopniske and sophomore Jenesis Rankins captured the first doubles match by the score of 7-5, 3-6, 10-7. The second doubles unit of Sansavera and Cermak was also victorious, prevailing by a 7-5, 6-1 margin.
With that string of three victories, Nordonia now owns an overall record of 12-4. The Lady Knights are also 4-2 in the
National Conference of the Suburban League.
With their experience, the doubles units have served as Nordonia's anchor during the early part of the season. However, now the singles players are coming into their own.
"The girls in the singles positions are playing with more poise then their age would normally show," said Vehar. "They're playing like they feel that they're the stronger player. They're showing a lot of confidence in their game and in the team.
"We scrimmaged Twinsburg before the season started. I think we only won at first singles that day and lost everywhere else. This time, most of the girls had the chance to play against the same opponent, and they were able to turn it around. They're very confident right now."
On Sept. 19, Nordonia traveled to conference rival Wadsworth, but results were not available at press time.
On Sept. 21, the Lady Knights will host GlenOak at 4:15 p.m. before welcoming Crestwood Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. Both GlenOak and Crestwood are non-conference opponents.