Girls’ V Tennis Beats Blair for 3-0 Start

Friday, September 17, 2021

Mercersburg’s girls’ varsity tennis team moved to 3-0 on the season and captured its second 4-3 Mid-Atlantic Prep League victory of week, edging out Blair Academy in a thriller September 17 in Blairstown, NJ.  

The match started with doubles competition. Early in the match it started to rain, so the matches moved under the bubble at Blair. While all three doubles matches were closely contested, Blair managed to win each of them, fighting off a match point in the #1 doubles match and earning the doubles point in the process.  

Because only five courts were available, it was decided that 8-game prosets would be played for the six singles matches. Camille Smith ’22 got out to an early lead at #5 singles, and ultimately cruised to an 8-0 victory. In order to win the team competition, Mercersburg would need three of the remaining five singles matches. At the time of Smith’s victory, the Blue Storm was only looking comfortable in one of those matches—Isabel Su ’23 contest at #2. Su played her best tennis of the season, defeating her opponent with great consistency and counterpunching.  

Hisano Enomoto ’25 opened up her match, a closely contested match early on, ripping clean winners along the way, defeating her opponent by a score of 8-5.  

Mercersburg was down in the #3 and #4 matches and the #6 match was waiting to start when suddenly, Dayoung Kim ’23 began mounting her comeback at #4. From being down 7-2 in an 8-game proset, Kim began to chip away. At the next changeover it was 7-4, then 7-6, then 8-7. Finally she sent the match into a tiebreaker that she would ultimately finish with a most magnificent backhand overhead volley. Kim’s match clinched victory and turned out to be the decisive win.  

In the end, Blair won five matches today and Mercersburg won four, yet the Blue Storm walked away with the 4-3 victory (due to the three doubles matches counting for just a single point). "It was a great comeback and team result for us!" head coach Mike Sweeney said.

The Storm continues its road trip with a match against MAPL rival Hun Saturday, September 18, at 11 a.m. in Princeton, NJ.