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East tennis dominates Greensburg

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At times, it looked like the weather was going to play afactor in Columbus East’s girls tennis match against Greensburg.

Fortunately, the showers stayed to the north, because rain was the only thing that was going to stop the Olympians from registering a win Monday.

Columbus East finished off a 5-0 victory against the Pirates.

“Our doubles matches tonight were extremely tough,” East coach Cheryl McGee said. “We started off slow again. We were sitting back and making too many unforced errors early on.”

East senior Ashlee Hasson defeated Greensburg’s Danielle Schroeder 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. East junior Megan Galle cruised past Greensburg’s Olivia Slusher 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

At No. 3 singles, Alexa Hussman-Miller was able to pull out a win against Greensburg’s Tiffany Springmeyer 6-3, 6-2.

McGee was pleased with the way Hussman-Miller, normally a doubles player, handled herself during her singles match.

“As great of a player as she is for us in doubles, she stepped in there (at singles) and was aggressive at the net. She served the ball great tonight.”

McGee said Hussman-Miller pressured Springmeyer into making mistakes.

The most competitive match of the night came at No. 1 doubles. The Olympians’ Pooja Pandita and Ameta Smidova dropped the first set 4-6 but rebounded nicely to capture the second set 7-5.

In the third set, however, with the outcome already decided for the meet, the two doubles teams went into a super tie-breaker. The first team to 10 points (ahead by two) would win. Pandita and Smidova were able to come through, winning 10-8 against Greensburg’s Cardine Pratt and Claire Welage.

“They were getting more confident as the match went on,” McGee said of her No. 1 doubles team. “Whenever one starts playing with a ton of focus, they rally their teammate. It gives them a boost of confidence.”

At No. 2 doubles, Susana Blanco and Sheyanne Reynolds also fell behind early in the match and dropped the first set 0-6 against Greensburg’s Courtney Nelson and Abigail Baley.

They found their stride, through, and won the final two sets 6-2, 6-4.

“It just took us some time to get warmed up in that first set,” Reynolds said of the slow start. “Once we got into it, we just settled down and started to get more focused and to play smart and not make errors.”

“They communicated very well together after that first set,” McGee said of Reynolds and Blanco. “The communication wasn’t necessarily by words but was more in their eye contact with each other. They seem to have a connection every time they play together.”

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