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Cougar Spirit

Derryfield vs. Dover

Coach Moral
5-11-21 Dover
While we went down 3-6 at the end of the match, in three matches we lost by 6-8 in which we had leads at different times that could have resulted in a different match outcome.  It was a positive to have Mady Molina back in the singles and doubles lineups; in singles she battled to a 6-3 lead before succumbing 6-8; Sophie Brown and Skylar Cohen, each had leads in very close back and forth matches, but could not hold on and eventually lost 6-8.  Sometimes in tennis a score is not reflective of how close the match was in each game, this was the case with Maya that fell short at 2-8.
The captains won their respective matches: Julia Hardy 8-2 at number one and Paige Grondin 8-6 at number 3.  Julia relying on her consistency, footwork and mental toughness to generate forced errors on her opponent, a perfect example of how the tennis gods reward consistency and focus.  An opposing parent was marveled at Paige’s attacking game, footwork and aggressive tactics making those comments to me in awe and wondering if she was going to play college tennis and where; I can add: Paige’s mentally tough attitude and proper display of fight gave a strong presence on the court.
Julia and Paige performed well when playing aggressive doubles against Dover’s sisters’ duo, the final score was 5-8.  Mady and Sophie adjusted to some initial adversity through a combination of smart tactical adjustments, combined with situational aggressiveness at net to eventually prevail 9-7.  Skylar and Anna Induni had a tougher time at number three and succumbed 1-8.
While our record is 3-4 with another tough match coming tomorrow, the evidence is that the girls are taking these matches as learning opportunities and I see their eagerness to work on changes during practice, which are later reflected during matches; we are getting there and hope that our evolution will get us to a point of peaking during the tournament, which given this year’s format will present us with an opportunity to display performance improvements.
Thanks to the entire team and parents for their support of the players when in action; they “feel” that.

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