GA-PC Day tennis encounter interrupted by rain

by Tom Utescher
Posted 11/22/21

At the fall sports extravaganza known as Germantown Academy-Penn Charter Day, almost all the events began and ended on Saturday, November 13. On the tennis courts, though, a spate of rain just after noon caused several matches to be suspended.

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GA-PC Day tennis encounter interrupted by rain

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At the fall sports extravaganza known as Germantown Academy-Penn Charter Day, almost all the events began and ended on Saturday, November 13. On the tennis courts, though, a spate of rain just after noon caused several matches to be suspended.

Play had to be resumed last Monday for the final stages of three matches, and with one victory out of those contests, visiting GA was able to take a 4-3 decision over the host Quakers.

The Patriots were working under a new head coach this fall. Jon Freeman, a member of the Germantown Academy faculty since 2014, took charge of the racquet squad. Freeman was a three-sport athlete at the old Chestnut Hill

Academy, where he graduated in 1994.

When the recent match at Penn Charter was suspended on November 13, GA was in a strong position with wins in three of the four contests that had been completed.

At third singles, visitor Ava Toren posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over fellow junior Grace Jordan-Weinstein of Penn Charter. The Pats also locked up a pair of doubles victories. In the third flight GA seniors Lucy Harobin and Saanvi Bhatia prevailed against senior Marissa Bruckner and freshman Bridgette Gold of the Quakers, 7-6, 6-4. Playing fourth doubles, Patriot seniors Alexa Baer and Brooke Ashdale were victorious in a third-set tiebreaker (1-6, 6-1, 10-6) against PC freshman Leila Feldman and senior Ella Parke.

The Quakers' lone victory on Saturday came at first singles, where the hosts' Lexi Bari won 6-3, 6-0 over fellow 11th-grader Josie Munson, who is also a starter in basketball for GA.

On Monday, there was little more for the other players to do than resolve a series of tiebreakers in matches where the teams had split in the first two sets. That was just as well, because Monday proved to be quite a chilly day and some participants' attire made it look more like they were engaging in a toboggan run rather than a tennis match.

In the one ongoing singles bout, two freshmen were engaged in the second flight. Here, PC's Mariah Mays got the better of her guest Jessica Wang, 2-6, 6-2, 10-8. Charter also won at second doubles, where senior Maya Check and freshman Karya Karabucak got past Germantown sophomore Maisy Betancourt and senior Riya Palkar, 6-0, 6-7, 10-8.

Still, the Patriots were able to clinch the team victory by capturing the first doubles contest. Sophomore Grace Petersohn and junior Ellee Segal were 7-5, 3-6, 10-8 winners over Penn Charter sophomores Frances Guenther and Savannah Abernathy.

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