Girls Tennis Success
A team of four girls (Rosemary Moss, Amrita Patel, Hera Bradly and Dafi Valcheva) played against Millfield in the Somerset final of the Aegon Team Tennis Schools Year 10 competition on Wednesday.
The team had reached the final after winning their qualifying pool. Here, they beat Heathfield 12-0, with Nirva Patel replacing an injured Rosemary, and then Queen’s 8-4, when they dominated the singles 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-0 but lost out narrowly in the doubles, 4-6 and 5-7.
There was all still to play for after the singles rubbers against Millfield, where a 6-1 win for Dafi meant that victory in both doubles rubbers would take the match to a tie-break. Hera and Amrita won their doubles 6-1 but Dafi and Rosemary were unable to clinch the crucial second victory, going down 4-6.
All four girls have also contributed to the 1st VI’s unbeaten season and are looking forward to more success on the tennis court next year.
Girls' finish their third consecutive unbeaten season!
Congratulations to the Girls’ 1st team who completed their third consecutive unbeaten tennis season on Saturday with a 7-2 victory over Millfield.
This follows convincing wins against King’s, Wellington, Blundell’s, Queen’s and Wells. The team have won 45 sets in total and lost only 9, with first pair of Neda Vysniauskaite and Campbell Bradly, not only remaining undefeated, but returning an average score of 6-1 in the 18 sets they played.
The squad included five of last season’s unbeaten team (captain Nora Puhala, Dafi Valcheva, Rosemary Moss, Hera Bradly and Campbell) and was bolstered by the arrival of Neda and Amrita Patel, along with two appearances by Nirva Patel.
With only Nora and Neda leaving this year, hopes are high for another successful season in 2014.
King’s W 7-2
Wellington W 7-2
Blundell’s W 8-1
Queen’s W 8-1
Wells W 8-1
Millfield W 7-2
Tennis V Wells
The Girls’ tennis teams have had another successful week, with victories against Wells on Saturday for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, U15A and U14B teams, as well as a midweek clean sweep against Queen’s for the Seniors, including a 9-0 win for the 2nd VI.
Tennis v West Buckland
The Girls’ tennis season began on Saturday when two senior and two junior teams enjoyed their first matches against West Buckland, whilst the 1st team squad stayed in Taunton for a training session.
Some good tennis was played at all levels, with several new partnerships beginning to develop. The 2nd and 3rd VIs were matched up against West Buckland’s 1st and 2nd VIs respectively and put in very pleasing performances in a competitive fixture.
The U15A and U14A teams also worked hard with the first pair in each squad combining well to win two of their three sets.
The Senior teams had their first full fixture on Wednesday against King’s, recording victories for the 1st VI (7-2), 2nd VI (6-3) and 3rd VI (7-2), with the 4th VI match postponed as King’s could not raise a team.
The Seniors complete their week with matches against Wellington and Blundell’s whilst the U15 and U14 B teams have their first outing against Blundell’s on Saturday.
Congratulations go to this year’s tennis captain, Nora Puhala.
The Junior Girls’ teams had some “proper” tennis weather for their fixtures against Kings and Wellington this week, which also saw a first outing for the U15C team, who fought well in the heat and lost narrowly (5-4) to Kings. The U14B teams recorded pleasing wins in both their matches, whilst the A teams continued their winning season beating Wellington 7-2 and coming back from 2-4 down at the start of the final round to beat Kings 5-4 overall.
Congratulations to the Senior Girls’ tennis players who completed a triple unbeaten season on Saturday with victories for the 1sts, 2nds and 3rds against Millfield. All three teams have won all their matches – against Wellington, Blundells, Queens, Wells and now Millfield – although they were beaten by the weather twice, with the fixtures against Kings and Sherborne being rained off. This is the 1st team’s second consecutive unbeaten season, a real achievement in its own right but even more impressive when you consider the fact that only current captain Lauren Plant was a member of both squads.
1st 2nd 3rd
Wellington 6-3 5-4 9-0
Blundells 7-2 6-3 7-2
Queens 6-3 7-2 9-0
Wells 8-1 8-1 7-2
Millfield 8-1 5-4 5-4
THE Girls’ Tennis squads enjoyed continued success this week with wins for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, U15A and U14A teams against both Queens and Wells. Thursday afternoon also saw a first for the Senior teams (at least in recent years!), with a total of 30 girls representing the School, 18 playing in the match against Queens and a further 12 enjoying the opportunity to play some competitive tennis against Kings.
Saturday saw the Girls’ Tennis teams playing their first ever triangular fixture, against Blundells and Millfield. A total of 138 players from across the three schools took part using two different formats. The 1st team and the U15A and U14B teams all won their matches with the 1sts winning seven out of a possible eight sets and the U14Bs enjoying a comfortable 49-40-37 victory.
The 3rd team and the U14As both came second in very closely contested matches (5-4-3 and 60-51-51 respectively) whilst the 4th and 5th teams and the U15Bs finished third in their fixtures. Next Saturday sees a return to the normal format for all teams against Wells Cathedral School, with the Senior teams also contesting midweek fixtures against Kings and Queens.
7th MayThis week saw matches against Wells and Queens for all teams, with the seniors also playing a midweek fixture against Kings. The 1st team remains unbeaten, with Sarah Rainford and Hatty Armstrong yet to drop a set and the U15A and U14A teams also recorded wins in both their fixtures. The 2nd team fought hard in all their matches, beating Queens 6-3 but losing narrowly to Wells (4-5) in an epic fixture, which threatened to make them late for the prom.
The Seniors complete their season this week with matches against Wellington, Sherborne, Canford and Millfield, the U14s meet Wellington on Monday and the U15s have a break until after half term
Congratulations go to the Girls’ Tennis first team who completed an unbeaten season this week with a comprehensive 7-3-2 victory over Millfield and Canford in a triangular fixture. The match provided a fitting end to an excellent season with the girls making the most of the opportunity to play on individual grass courts.
The highlight of the day was a superb 6-0 win for Lauren Plant and Ornella Dormer over the Canford first pair, which, despite the core line, was very closely contested and included some points which had the spectators holding their breath and Mr Grant (and the rest of the spectators!) marvelling at the standard of tennis on display. Earlier in the week, the 1st VI recorded 6-3 wins over both Wellington and Sherborne, whilst the 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams competed well in all their fixtures but were unable to convert points won into sufficient games to claim any overall victories.
The Seniors will contest House Tennis this weekend, whilst the Junior season continues after half term with fixtures against Kings and Sherborne.
Team photo courtesy of Will Sykes Photography.