Jersey Shore’s tennis team squared off in a home match against Shikellamy on Monday afternoon and defeated the Braves, 5-0, to move to 10-0 and remain unbeaten.
Early on, Shikellamy played the Bulldogs well and gave them a solid fight. But as all the matches progressed, the Bulldogs would find their groove and pick up their pace.
“I know the second time around is always going to be difficult and Shikellamy totally improved since our very first match of the year,” Jersey Shore coach Ann-Marie Dincher said. “I do exactly the same thing with my girls. So, I was pretty excited about their performance today.”
In Peyton Dincher’s match, Shikellamy’s Allie Minnier came to play in the early going, making her way up 2-0 in the first set. But Peyton would fire back four in a row to take a 4-2 lead, eventually winning the first set 6-2. In the second match, Peyton got momentum, firing on all cylinders, and continuing to dominate. Even though Minnier scored in the second set, Peyton closed on her to win the next point and win the set 6-2.
“Peyton had a little slower start than usual,” coach Dincher mentioned following their win. “She had new strings on her racket. (She was) looking for her shock absorber. Once she got that she was okay.”
For Shore’s Celia Shemory and Ella Gerst at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, the two girls applied pressure from the beginning of their matches and never let up. Shemory did a nice job winning at her match points, making it tougher for her opponent, Megan Strohecker, to gain control as the match got into the later part of the first set and much of the second set.
For Gerst, she played her match like Shemory. Gerst let Shikellamy’s Sabrina Doebler win two points in the first set, but shut her out in the second set, winning both games 6-2, 6-0, respectively.
“Celia (Shemory) and Ella (Gerst) both are just so consistent,” coach Dincher mentioned. “They’re both very easy-going players. They just have beautiful ball placement, and they just make sure that they’re getting the last point at the end of the day.”
In doubles, the games and sets got a little closer to begin. Early on, both matches started at 2-1 in favor of the Bulldogs. For Anna Lanks and Jaymison Stellfox, the two did a nice job of ball placement, putting Shikellamy in tough spots to return balls back over the net. The two would go on to win the first set 6-1 for Shore.
In set two, Lanks and Stellfox continued their groove from set one. The two used their feet well to adjust to serves and communicated progressively as the games went on. With that, Lanks and Stellfox would go on to win game two 6-0 and the win for the day.
In Breanna Porter and Rahel Hartman’s match, the two opened up the match early on. Both Porter and Hartman did a nice job of rallying to gain better positioning when they were put in some tough spots. This would put them up 4-1 in set one. Porter and Rahal would continue their teamwork and take the first game 6-1.
In set two, the two girls got off to a good start, going up 1-0 early on. Porter and Hartman would eventually go up 3-0, using their ability to hit the ball over the net to difficult spots for the Braves to reach, helping them solidify an early lead. But Shikellamy would continue to fight. The Braves would counter the next two sets, taking one to make the score 4-1. Eventually, the Bulldogs would grab the last two and go on to win the match 6-1, 6-1, respectively.
“My doubles had an amazing offseason,” said coach Dincher. “It takes a whole team to win a match and they’ve been spectacular. We’re looking forward to the second go around with some of these doubles matches.”
Given this is the tenth match of the season for the Bulldogs–and they’ve won every match this season whether it’s been close or not–teams are going to start dialing in on them. But that’s what’s going to make the mentality of the game a huge part for Jersey Shore as the season continues.
“We just take one day at a time, we take one point at a time and hopefully one match at a time,” coach Dincher concluded. “And we just think if we’re all moving forward it’s going to lead us to success.”
Jersey Shore 5 Shikellamy 0
1. Peyton Dincher (JS) def. Allie Minner 6-2, 6-1; 2. Celia Shemory (JS) def. Megan Strohecker 6-1, 6-0; 3. Ella Gerst (JS) def. Sabrina Doebler 6-2, 6-0.
1. Rahel Hartman/Breanna Porter (JS) def. Maggie Johnson/McKenzie Boyer 6-1, 6-2; 2. Anna Lanks/Jaymison Stellfox (JS) def. Dairelis Torres & Erica Leitzel 6-1, 6-0
Records: Jersey Shore (10-0). Next match: St. John Neumann at Jersey Shore, Wednesday, 4 pm