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Falcons crush Mustangs in Bull Run battle

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Molly Barb

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Katelyn Foltz


By Dennis Atwood - sports@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK -- Central continued its winning ways, dominating George Mason, 7-2, in a Bull Run District match Thursday evening on the courts at Woodstock's W.O. Riley Park.

Central improved to 3-0 in the three-team Bull Run District and 9-3 overall, and are in a favorable position to win the district championship and move on to regional play for the first time in over 10 years.

Central took the singles section, 4-2, then achieved coach Mallory Skarupa's stated goal of sweeping the doubles, as Central had done in Wednesday's 8-1 win over Clarke County.

"I like our momentum," Skarupa said. "Everyone is coming together very nicely at the right time for us."

Senior Molly Barb won her No. 1 singles match against Peggy Brozi, 10-2.

After reaching a 4-2 lead, Barb took the next six games in a row, never reaching deuce along the way. Barb sent numerous forehands to the backline for winners, or resulting in unforced errors by Brozi.

Brozi employed an effective lob shot, which caused Barb a moderate amount of difficulty.

"I have not seen [Brozi] before, and I've been waiting to see how she is," Barb said. "In warm-ups, I was really feeling my forehand cross-court, and I scouted to see where [Brozi's] weaknesses and strengths were. I think my forehand was definitely working, so I just went for it to see what she could do with it.

"[To deal with the lobs] I tried to make my first shots deeper and put a little more pace on them, so she couldn't get that lob set up."

At No. 2 singles, Central sophomore Katelyn Foltz faced Dana Sembera and went up early, 7-1.

Sembera scratched back to reach 8-3 and 9-4, before Foltz won at 40-15 for a 10-4 victory.

"I think I was pretty consistent today, that's what I was really going for," Foltz said. "[Sembera's] definitely a really good player that you just have to be really patient with."

The Falcons also won at No. 4 singles, with Rebecca Truban beating Lauren Meinhart, 10-2, and No. 6 as Hannah Huddle cruised, 10-1, over Masha Soshnikova.

George Mason prevailed at No. 3, as Rachel Bell beat Casey George, 10-3; and No. 5 with Caiti Hof defeating Jackie Walsh, 10-4.

At No. 1 doubles, the Central pair of Barb and Foltz took on Brozi and Bell. The Mustangs (4-6, 0-1 Bull Run) took the first game, then the Falcons took the next seven.

At 7-2 with Bell serving for the Mustangs, the tandems reached five deuces before Bell sent a forehand into the net to put Central ahead, 8-2.

With the Falcons leading 9-3 and Barb serving, three deuces were necessary before Barb made an unforced error trying to return a lob by Brozi, resulting in the Mustangs' fourth game.

Central closed out the match at love, with Bell serving for George Mason.

"We played well -- I could have played better, but it was a good win," Barb said.
"I think we played really well," Foltz said. "We both missed some shots we could have made, and we both made some really big points. I'm proud of what we did."

Central took the No. 2 doubles, 10-6, with George and Truban topping Sembera and Meinhart, and No. 3 doubles, as Walsh and Olivia Helsley beat Hof and Maya Blurton, 10-5.

The Falcons took both season matches against Clarke County, and will travel to George Mason to wrap up their Bull Run District season next Wednesday.

The Mustangs will play their two matches against Clarke County on May 3 and 9.






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