It may have come later than usual, but the girls’ tennis team from Irvington finally got into action on Oct. 15 and celebrated Senior Day with a 6-1 thrashing of visiting Tuckahoe at the Dows Lane tennis courts.
It was the first of three successive wins to kick off the 2020 campaign for the Bulldogs.
“A nice win for the girls and we had an opportunity for everyone to play,” Irvington head coach Gina Maher said. “It was Senior Day for Charlotte Calick and Chloe Harcsar. The underclassmen spoke about the great contributions both girls have given to Irvington tennis throughout their high school careers and presented them with flowers and gifts.”
The Bulldogs swept the afternoon’s three singles matches.
Calick bested Maya Ito-Chiharta, 8-1; Harcsar defeated Cara Bordwell, 8-2; and Clio Salles-Spar got past Andriana Handy, 8-0.
In doubles action, the Bulldogs claimed three of the day’s four contests.
The team of Samantha Samantha Levin and Hannah Ziluck defeated Zoe Marias and Kanui Miyazako, 8-0; the duo of Natasha DePaoli and Danny Gay bested Sam Miele and Kate Cen, 8-0; and the team of Katelyn Gee and Emma Gee beat Molly Klinger and Catherine Febberk 8-0.
Tuckahoe’s lone win came from the duo of Cai Katausi and Molly Klinger, an 8-2 victor over Kanui Marta Bazdekis and Audrey Kundu.
The previous afternoon at The Leffell School in Hartsdale, the Bulldogs had opened the season with a 5-1 win.
Irvington picked up singles wins from Calick — 8-1 over Raquel Horowitz; and Salles-Spar — 8-2 versus Daniella Silver.
Leffell’s only victory of the afternoon came at second singles, an 8-2 win by Lily Jacobson against Harcsar.
Meanwhile, Irvington copped all three doubles matches.
Levin and Ziluck defeated Ruby Horowitz and Hannah Jacobson, 8-2; DePaoli and Gay bested Zoe Muskin and Georgie Davis, 8-4; and the Gee sisters beat Fiona Davis and Alex Kanankin, 8-2.
Irvington followed with a 4-1 win over visiting DOBBS FERRY on Oct. 19.
The Krauss sisters, Kendall and Kylie, provided Dobbs Ferry with their lone win of the afternoon, besting Levin and Ziluck, 8-3.
Irvington swept the singles matches as Calick downed Emily Tan, 8-0, Harcsar defeated Ira Gruprasad, 8-6, and Salles-Spar got past Ava Solis, 8-0.
The Bulldogs also picked up an 8-4 doubles win from the team of DePaoli and Gay over Sam Horsfield and Genevieve Greco.
DOBBS FERRY kicked off the season by splitting its first two matches — winning at Tuckahoe on Oct. 14, 3-2, then losing to visiting Leffell, 3-2, the next afternoon.
In the victory over Tuckahoe, Ira Gruprasad won at third singles, while the doubles teams of Kendall and Kylie Krauss and Sam Horsfield and Genevieve Greco emerged with wins.
In the loss to Leffell, the Eagles’ wins came from their doubles teams, the Krauss sisters, as well as the duo of Horsfield and Greco.
The Eagles improved to 2-1 on the season with a 4-1 win over host Westlake in Thornwood on Oct 17.
Emily Tan and Gruprasad had singles wins, while the doubles teams of the Krauss sisters and Horsfield and Greco also came away with victories.
ARDSLEY opened with a 7-0 loss to host Pelham on Oct. 15 at Glover Field.
“Jocelyn Hung, senior captain Sydney Faber and exciting freshman Lauren Wong battled all the way to the end in tough singles matches,” Ardsley head coach Bennett Romney said. “The girls were super excited to be finally playing high school sports — everyone was overjoyed to finally put on the blue and gold and go out and represent Ardsley. Definitely, pre-match had a special feeling.”
He added, “I think we got the opening-day jitters out of the way.”
Two days later, the Panthers fell to visiting New Rochelle, 5-2.
Hung and Wong were responsible for Ardsley’s victories against the Huguenots.
The Panthers also fell, 6-1, at Eastchester on Oct. 19.
“Lauren Wong won a thrilling match at third singles,” Romney said, “winning 8-7 in an hour-and-40-minute battle.”
HASTINGS hosted Rye Neck on Oct. 17 at Reynolds Field and fell to the Panthers, 6-1.
“Despite the results, the girls played great,” Hastings head coach Sheree McNulty said. “The experience will serve us well for the rest of the season.”
Emi Franco provided Hastings with their lone win.
Team records through Oct. 19: Ardsley 0-3; Dobbs Ferry 2-2; Hastings 0-1; Irvington 3-0