Lady Dragons top McDowell

LAKEWOOD, N.Y.-The Lady Dragons tennis team scored their first win of the season on Friday, but they had to hit the road to finish what was intended to be their “home” match with McDowell.

Rain forced a mid-match venue change from the Betts Park Courts to the Lakewood YMCA, where Warren finished out a three-sets-to-two win over the Lady Trojans.

In the top singles match, Warren’s Alexis Vavala fell to one of District 10 Class AAA’s best in Laura Fadden. Second singles Kim Parroccini took the first set 6-2 but dropped 12 of the next 14 games after moving the match indoors to give the visitors their second point.

Megan Waterfield stepped up for the Lady Dragons with a huge 6-0, 6-1 win in third singles. The top doubles pair of Rachel Cecco and Morgan Lemmon cruised to a 6-2 first set win. The second set saw McDowell’s Megan Taylor and Alexa Gleason come back to tie the second set at 6-all before Warren prevailed in the tie-break by a 7-4 margin to even the match at two wins each.

Squaring off for Warren with the match on the line in second doubles were Maria and Maribeth Miller. The Dragons took the first set 6-3, but then the Trojans’ pair of Rosie Shaw and Maddy Cacchione took the second set 6-2.

“The third set was a back-and-forth affair resulting with the Dragons getting a huge break-of-serve enabling Warren to serve for the match at 5-4,” said Warren coach Jeff Bartsch. “That one game was a back-and-forth affair as the Dragons had four match points only to see three of them returned to deuce. It was the fourth match point in which young Maribeth Miller hit a topspin passing shot down-the line to win the match. Maria had some really great gets to keep us in the match.”

In exhibition play, Phoebe Nelson and Madalyn Harding were both victorious in their singles matches. “This is our first victory over a McDowell team since 1999,” added the coach. “Our girls are very happy with this win.”

The Lady Dragons are now 1-2 on the season and will return to action on Tuesday against Central Tech at Betts Park.