Eight up and eight down… then a tie.
Irvington stretched their season-opening unbeaten streak to eight matches with wins over Tuckahoe on Nov. 3 and Dobbs Ferry on Nov. 5. Then, in Rye Neck on Nov. 7, the Bulldogs and Panthers played eight matches — four singles and four doubles to get more Rye Neck players on the court — and ended up in a 4-4 draw.
During the 7-0 win over visiting Tuckahoe, the Bulldogs dropped just seven games.
“The girls have shown great improvement and are playing as a real team,” Irvington head coach Gina Maher said after the win. “They all support each other and have become a close group.”
In singles play, Charlotte Calick defeated Zoe Marias, 8-0; Chloe Harcsar downed Kanui Miyazako, 8-1; and Clio Salles-Spar blanked Andriana Handy, 8-0.
The Bulldogs then wrapped up the sweep by taking all four doubles matches. Samantha Levin and Hannah Ziluck defeated Cara Bordwell and Maya Ito-Chiharta, 8-2; Natasha DePaoli and Danny Gray downed Brianna Pezzo and Nicolette Pien, 8-1; Katelyn Gee and Emma Gee bested Sam Miele and Kate Cen, 8-2; and Marta Bazdekis and Audrey Kundu got past Kathy Fukkindo and Kye Rogers, 8-2.
On the road against Dobbs Ferry, the Bulldogs took three of the five matches by shutout, but the remaining two were hard-fought battles.
“It was a better match than the scores say, and as usual always good to play at Dobbs,” Maher said.
In singles, Calick defeated Emily Tan, 8-0, while Harcsar edged Ira Guruprasad, 8-5. Salles-Spar completed the singles sweep with an 8-0 win over Kendall Krauss.
In doubles, Levin and Ziluck took an 8-4 decision from Ava Solis and Genevieve Greco, while DePaoli and Gray defeated Jocelyn Harrison and Avery David, 8-0.
Against Rye Neck, “some of our doubles teams played twice,” Maher said. “Rye Neck is an excellent team and won their league, beating powerhouse Bronxville for the title. This [the 4-4 draw] was a great showing for us.”
In singles play, Calick defeated Cardina Doherty, 8-2; Harcsar downed Amadea Toutoungis, 8-2; and Salles-Spar bested Lily Peterson, 8-0.vRye Neck’s lone singles win came from Dylan White, 8-2, over Danny Gray.
In doubles, Irvington’s one victory came from the team of Levin and Ziluck, who downed Hillary Kane and Lucie Palmer, 8-1. Rye Neck took the remaining three doubles matches with Abigail Heaton and Elena Sabbone defeating Levin and Ziluck, 8-2; Julia Hilpin and Natalie Gagan beating Katelyn Gee and Emma Gee, 8-5; and Maka Ikeda and Erin Green also besting the Gee sisters, 8-1.
The draw left Irvington at 8-0-1 on the season.
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In regional tournament play on Nov. 8 at Harrison High School, ARDSLEY’s Lauren Wong dropped an 8-0 decision to second-seeded Selma Petrie of Eastchester in the first round. Also, in the first round, the doubles team of Sydney Fader and Jocelyn Hung fell, 8-1, to Harrison’s duo of Alexia Lansberg and Ines Whayet.
“We were all extremely grateful to have a fall tennis season,” Ardsley head coach Bennett Romney said. “With a powerful JV squad this year there is much optimism going forward.”
On that same day, Nov. 8, at Westlake High School in Thornwood, DOBBS FERRY’s doubles team of Kendall and Kylie Krauss blanked Bronxville’s Lila Rucci and Alexa Kocur, 8-0, in the first round, but lost 8-3 to Rye Neck’s Amadea Toutoungis and Maka Ikeda in the second round.
IRVINGTON was also at Westlake. The doubles team of Charlotte Calick and Clio Salles-Spar downed the Rye Neck team of Abigail Heaton and Lily Peterson, 8-4, to remain alive in their pursuit of a title. In singles play, Chloe Harcsar defeated Rye Neck’s Elena Sabbone, 8-2, in the semifinals, then fell, 8-0, in the title match to Lucy Friedman, who has reached the state tournament the previous two falls.
HASTINGS did not enter anyone in regional play.