GIRLS TENNIS: Lady Dragons defeat Franklin for second straight win

Hosting a cross-region match with the Franklin Knights, the Warren girls tennis team earned its second straight win Monday afternoon, four matches to one over the visitors at Betts Park. The Lady Dragons claimed wins in both doubles matches and the number two singles match.

As Franklin only had six players, the third singles match was forfeited to Warren.

In top doubles, the team of Shoshanna Ochocki and Alexis Vavala defeated Franklin’s Emily Lemanski and Beth Pfohl by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

“The girls served well, got to the net and hit their volleys well today,” reported Lady Dragons’ coach Jeff Bartsch.

Warren’s second pair of Kim Parroccini and Karly Taylor defeated Regan Scott and Kristin Curtis 6-1, 6-0 to complete the doubles sweep for the Lady Dragons.

“Kim has been working on her serve and today she had two aces on the opponents,” said Bartsch. “Karly had some great returns of serve and enabled the Dragon pair to shift to offense quickly.”

In the number two singles match, Warren’s Corie Eckman stepped up and defeated a persistent Lexi Worven by a 6-4, 6-2 count.

“Corie was dominant today,” said assistant coach John Parroccini. “When she got her opportunity to hit an inside out to the opponent backhand it was lethal.”

Though the Lady Dragons took an automatic win in the third singles match, Maggie Hansen played and defeated Franklin’s Lemanski by a score of 8-0 in exhibition play.

In top singles, the home crowd was treated to an exciting three-set match between Warren’s Cassie Johnson and Franklin’s Mimmi Terman.

With all other matches completed, the first set was finally decided with a 10-8 tiebreak win by Johnson while the second set went to Terman, 6-3. With the match tied at one set all, a third set saw long rallies with Terman prevailing 6-2 in the final set.

The match took over three hours to complete and was “simply an outstanding performance by Cassie,” according to Bartsch.

In exhibition play, the Dragons’ pair of Maria Miller and Megan Waterfield won an exhibition match, 8-1, over Franklin’s number two starting team. Also winning a exhibition doubles match was the duo of Sarah Casey and Rachel Cecco, who won a 8-6 tiebreaker over Morgan Lemmon and Sydney Ewing.

Winning an exhibition singles match was Phoebe Nelson,who prevailed over Pfohl, 8-0.

The Lady Dragons are now 2-2 overall and 1-2 in region play on the year and will host region opponent General McLane Tuesday afternoon at Betts Park for a 4 p.m. start.