By Dennis Atwood - firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Sherando senior Sarah Wolfe made sure the Warriors would win their Northwestern District match with Skyline on Monday.
After winning her singles match, Wolfe teamed with Aly Myers to win in doubles and help the Warriors to a 6-3 victory over the Hawks.
Wolfe easily won her No. 1 singles match against Skyline's Julie Hoverter, 10-1, which helped put Sherando up 4-2 after singles. She then partnered with Myers at No. 1 doubles where they dispatched the Hawks' duo of Presley Rutherford and Alex Zarzuela, 10-3.
Sherando won the first match of the season against Skyline, 5-4, on March 27, as the Hawks won the singles 4-2, only to see the Warriors sweep the doubles.
On Monday, leading 3-1 in doubles, Wolfe's service game went awry with three double faults, including the first Skyline point at deuce, on the way to an unforced error by Myers to give Skyline the game.
The Skyline (2-9, 1-4 Northwestern) tandem also had their share of serving woes as Rutherford committed three double-faults with the hawks pair trailing 5-2. Serving down 7-2, Zarzuela double-faulted at 0-40 to make it 8-2 for the Warriors.
With Myers serving, Skyline won the next game at love as Zarzuela hit a backhand winner to make it 8-3.
Sherando (4-5, 3-2 Northwestern) then won against Rutherford's serve, and with Wolfe serving at 9-3, Myers hit a slicing drop shot at the net for the set-winner. Myers often employed the drop shot from mid-court in her No. 2 singles match, but in a losing cause as Rutherford defeated her, 10-5.
Myers clearly enjoys playing at the net in doubles, and frequently returned the hardest shots that Rutherford and Zarzuela could manage.
"At the net is my favorite spot on the court," Myers, a senior, said. "It's my baby, I like to nurture it. I actually walk [naturally] on my tip-toes, since I was little, so that usually helps on the court."
"It was just an off day for me [serving]," Wolfe said. "We're really pulling together as a team, and really getting what we need to work on, since we played them the first time."
At 5-2 in the No. 2 singles match, Rutherford and Myers reached deuce in five of the remaining games, including the match-winner. Rutherford hit an overhead smash at the net on the final point.
But Rutherford also experienced a wide variation in her service game, with two double-faults at 5-3, but still managing to win to go up 6-3. She corrected the problem at 8-3, getting every first serve in during a love service hold.
"When I make mistakes, I just try make up for it, and do better," Rutherford said. "I adjusted my toss a little bit and was aware of the wind and surroundings.
"I won [on March 27] against [Myers], but it was much closer. I adjusted to [Myers'] soft slice by running up on it and tried to counteract the slice."
The only other singles win for Skyline was at No.4, where Ashleigh Salyers topped Karen Cornejo, 10-3.
The Warriors took No. 3 singles, with Katelyn Schell topping Zarzuela, 10-7. At No. 5 singles, Sherando's Emily Pyne beat Samantha Morrison, 10-7, and Kelly Schrader beat Alayna McEathron, 10-4, at No. 6 singles.
Sherando took a tight doubles No. 2 match, with Schell and Pyne edging Hoverter and Salyers, 10-8. Skyline's only doubles win was at No. 3, where Morrison and McEathron bested Schrader and Kirsten Bianco, 10-3.
Sherando was coming off a tough 5-4 loss to Millbrook last Friday.
"I am just glad that we could get this bounce-back win," Sherando coach Trevor Johnson said.