SPRINGVILLE—The Springville girls tennis team kicked off the Bob Gainey era with a 3-2 win against Depew. Gainey jumped to the varsity tennis program from junior varsity volleyball, after an undefeated season last year.
After securing the first point of the match through a Wildcat forfeit at third singles, the pair of Haylee Cerrone and Maria Rumfola put the Griffins up 2-0 with straight set wins of 6-3 and 7-5.
“They played well together and made crucial shots when it mattered most to win both sets,” Gainey said.
Gainey’s other doubles pair of Maddie Safford and Anna Franklin secured the deciding third match point with a pair of straight set wins of 7-6 and 6-2. The senior tandem needed a 6-4 tie-breaker to earn the first set before comfortably winning the second.
“Both girls had to shake off some early nerves to win that first set tie-breaker, but after that the girls seemed to find their rhythm,” Gainey said.
Depew got the better of Springville in singles play, but not before receiving some encouraging words from the coach.
“The girls dropped the first and second singles spots but both Lily Vanuga and Hannah Yetter displayed a high level of play to instill confidence in future matches,” he said.
In an exhibition match, Griffin Rachel O’Neal took a 6-1 set win in her first-ever varsity girls tennis action. Springville moves on with four successive matches this week that began against Amherst on Sept. 11, and then on the road at East Aurora, Sept. 12 and Alden, Sept. 13, before ending at Eden Sept. 14. The Eden match begins at 5 p.m.