Girls’ tennis: ConVal challenged by win-streak-riding Bow

  • The ConVal girls' tennis team hosted Bow on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' tennis team hosted Bow on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' tennis team hosted Bow on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' tennis team hosted Bow on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' tennis team hosted Bow on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' tennis team hosted Bow on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/7/2019 9:40:48 AM


The Bow girls’ tennis team has shown no signs of relenting since moving up to Division II this season, and despite a valiant effort on Friday, ConVal was the Falcons’ latest victim.

“They’re really good,” said ConVal No. 2 Catrina Kipka. “They’re definitely moving up the ranks.”

Bow (2-0) won the DIII championship last season and hasn’t lost since the 2016 title game against Conant. Since then, the Falcons have won 37 straight games, culminating with the 9-0 shutout win over ConVal Friday.

No. 1 Julia Peters was up to the task against Bow’s top player, Olivia Parzich, but a few unforced errors and some unreturnable shots did ConVal’s senior in.

“I messed up too many times and she had a lot of good angles that I just couldn’t get to,” Peters said. “That was a really good strategy of hers and I really liked that. She was really good, super nice.”

Peters lost 8-4.

Kipka used her strong serve to put up a fight against Emma Conley, but the Falcons’ No. 2 outlasted her for an 8-2 win.

“I felt pretty good about it,” Kipka said. “She was definitely a tough player. She got to every ball, every hard ball I hit, she got to every one of them. We had some long rallies and it was just ongoing.”

In her first match of the spring, No. 3 Zoe Werth was shut out 8-0. Freshman Eva Calcutt battled with Isabelle Dolcino, but lost 8-2.

No. 5 Lena LaFleur and No. 6 Jill Karlicek both lost their matches 8-3.

Shut out in singles, the double matches were academic, but ConVal kept fighting nonetheless.

Peters and Calcutt lost 8-4 to Parzich and Conley. 

“Eva had some great volleys at the net and Julia used her powerful forehand as much as possible, but they were out-strategized,” said ConVal head coach Gloria Morison.

Werth and Kipka made a strong comeback bid in their doubles match, making a run down 6-2 but ultimately falling 8-5.

LaFleur and Sandra MacKay dropped the final match, 8-2.

Earlier in the week, ConVal played another team just up from DIII, Pelham, and won 6-3. Peters (8-1), Kipka (8-3), Calcutt (8-5) and Karlicek (8-2) all won their singles matches. In doubles Peters and Kipka won, LaFleur and Calcutt lost a tight one at No. 2 and Pelham defaulted at No. 3 due to an injury. 

“I think we have a pretty solid team this year and I’m super excited to keep going because we’re having fun,” Peters said.

“I’d say we bond really well,” added Kipka. “We have a really good chemistry.”

ConVal (1-2) plays at Coe-Brown Northwood on Monday and hosts Bishop Brady on Wednesday. 

Conant 9, Monadnock 0

The Conant girls shut out Monadnock for their first win of the season on Wednesday, 9-0. Sarah Smith, Abby Wheeler, Elizabeth Gonyea, Kayley Bennett, Emily Muilenberg and Lily Bower all won their singles matches, and the doubles teams of Smith/Gonyea, Wheeler/Kayley Bennett and Muilenberg/Victoria Bennett were victorious as well. 



ConVal 8, Pelham 1

The ConVal boys got their first win of the season on Wednesday, winning all six singles and No. 1 doubles for a 7-2 victory over new DII addition Pelham. Jamison Coty and Brady Proctor had their first career singles wins in the match; Zach Kriebel, Taylor Burgess, Everrett Landers and Noah Krason all won at singles as well. Kriebel and Burgess teamed up for ConVal’s doubles win. 

Bow 5, ConVal 4

The top of ConVal’s lineup looked good against 2018 DIII champion Bow, but the Falcons’ depth overpowered the Cougars at the bottom.

Zach Kriebel, Taylor Burgess and Jamison Coty all won their singles matches, and the Kriebel/Burgess team won at doubles. But, none of the remaining players – Noah Krason, Brady Proctor and Dylan Daume – could muster a win at singles, and the teams of Everrett Landers/Coty and Liam McCall/David MacKay lost as well, and Bow took the day, 5-4.

ConVal (1-2) hosts Coe-Brown Northwood Monday and travels to Windham on Wednesday.

St. Thomas 8, Conant 1

The Conant boys played a very competitive match against undefeated Saint Thomas Wednesday, and the Saints took the win, 8-1.

No. 1 Evan Bennett was outdueled by Mathis Savard in a 9-8 tiebreak, and No. 2 Chris Newton suffered the same fate against Jack Dillow. Conant’s only win of the day came at No. 1 doubles, where Bennett and Newton beat Savard and Baxter Kimball.

Conant 8, Portsmouth Christian 1

It was another competitive match for Conant on Friday; this time, they ended up on the right side of an 8-1 final.

Evan Bennett, Chris Newton, Connor Ahern, Kenny Kickingbear and Dameion Greco all won their singles matches, with the only loss coming from Steve Jones. Jones would team up with Ahern for a doubles win; Bennett and Newton won in doubles as well and PCA forfeited the final doubles match.

Conant (2-1) is at Trinity Wednesday.


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