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Women’s Tennis Match Recap 10/11


Berkeley 4, O’Dowd 3 


SUMMARY – Another tough 3-4 Foothill Div loss – just slightly outpaced in every singles match.  Milan played magnificently in a losing cause to big hitting Yellowjacket #1 Sasha Turchak.  The other Berkeley singles players had the touch as O’Dowd suffered a rare singles sweep.  On the contrary, the Lady Dragons pulled the rope in doubles, taking all three matches in solid fashion.   Unfortunately for O’Dowd – there are FOUR singles and only THREE doubles.  As we constantly improve – adding in a few singles victories will result in the team winning as well.  A great effort overall.

MATCH MVP – Madison Lenoir-Irwin & Kate Cherryhomes (Soph) at #1 Doubles staged a come-from-behind 7-6 (4) 6-3 win over the highly regarded Berkeley #1 duo.  Down 2-5 in the first set, the Lady Dragons put their foot down and started the climb back to victory.  Supreme steadiness and blunting Berkeley’s power led to renewed confidence and smooth sailing in the second set to close it out.  Madison & Kate have been stepping it up all year against tough rivals, gaining experience in every match win or lose!

#BISHOP O’DOWDBERKELEY HIGHMATCH SCORE1Milan McCrodenSasha Turchak2-6, 4-62Evian JiangSolia Valentine1-6, 3-63Sarah CraneySarah Bruno4-6, 2-64Aerielle BrackettMaya Ng-Yu0-6, 1-61DMadison Lenoir-IrwinCharlotte Sielewicz7-6 (4), 6-31DKate CherryhomesTara Shahandeh 2DMaddy CaineAsia Guzman6-4, 7-52DAlexis GillikinZo Pancoast 3DEmily LeCocqAbbie Albazian6-3, 6-13DSamantha SzuhajMallika Hari


O’Dowd 7, Mt. Eden 0 RECORD: 3-1 WACC, 7-3 OVERALL

SUMMARY: O’Dowd cruised to victory against their Shoreline opponent, a numbers-challenged Mt. Eden squad.  Sadly some of the Shoreline teams have not reloaded their tennis teams from last season and suffered a numbers drop.  Their #1 and #2 singles players returned to give #1 Sarah and #2 Alexis a bit of a challenge.  In Doubles #1 Milan / Maddie and #2 Samantha / Emily cruised to victory losing only one game total.  

MATCH MVP: ALEXIS GILLIKIN – As a 3rd Year Junior, Alexis is starting to come into her own in singles and doubles.  She stepped up to play #2 singles and knocked out a 6-2, 6-4 victory.  Alexis will no doubt be an important part of O’Dowd’s chase for the NCS Playoffs this year. 

#BISHOP O’DOWDMT EDEN HIGHMATCH SCORE1Sarah CraneyAshley Humpal6-2, 6-22Alexis GillikinBianca Panyaniban6-2, 6-43Aerielle Brackett def4Julia Beauchemin def1DMilan McCrodenHusnia Safi6-1, 6-01DMaddy CaineVanessa Hernandez2DEmily LecocqValerie Hernandez6-0, 6-02DSam SzuhajShucham Gupta 3DDevon Meyer def3DJulia Gallaway


Castro Valley 5, O’Dowd 2


 SUMMARY: With O’Dowd’s #1 and #2 graduating – we will have a few matches where our opponents DID NOT lose their top players.  This makes for tough matchups with our younger #1 Milan and #2 Evian.  Great experience for them, but consequently the Lady Dragons need to win down the line for a chance to win the team match.  Along with Sarah at #3 Singles, #1 Doubles (Madison & Kate) came through with a big 6-3, 6-3 win.  Ultimately we could not pull out the other matches and CV snuck away with a 5-2 win.  

MATCH MVP: SARAH CRANEY – In a tough day of matchups for O’Dowd – Sarah took care of business at #3 Singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win.  Sarah has continued to provide steady leadership to the younger players as Captain and lead the charge on-court as well with a 6-2 record.

#BISHOP O’DOWD CASTRO VALLEY HIGHMATCH SCORE1Milan McCrodenvs.Rachel Dong2-6, 1-6 2Evian Jiangvs.Elena Lottich2-6, 0-6 3Sarah Craneyvs.Gabby Zakas6-2, 6-2 4Annika Ditzlervs.Anya Mortensen1-6, 3-6 1DMadison Lenoir-Irwinvs.Angela Ho6-3, 6-31DKate Cherryhomes Victoria Vitton 2DAlexis Gillikinvs.Rikey Powers6-7, 1-62DEmily Lecocq Gabby Madison 3DSamantha Szuhajvs.Anjali Bhat6-1, 2-6, 4-63DMaddy Caine Lauren Fung


O’Dowd 7, Encinal 0


SUMMMARY: O’Dowd pared down Varsity to play our Shoreline opponent, leaving the top few players at home to play challenge matches.  Encinal has made tons of progress, which they displayed in today’s match.  O’Dowd played just right – skilled enough to overcome any challenge and remain in control of the match from start to finish without losing a set.

MATCH MVP: ALEXIS GILLIKIN – 3rd Year Player Alexis has come into her own, steadily rising up the ladder to #4. Alexis played #2 singles vs Encinal coming away with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory.  Her hard-hitting steady gamecarried her past her opponent – outlasting rally after rally and creating winners at will.  Alexis is 6-2 so far in 2016.

#BISHOP O’DOWDENCINAL HIGHMATCH SCORE1Evian Jiangvs.Analin Geritz6-1, 6-3 2Alexis Gillikinvs.Kendall O’Farrell6-0, 6-1 3Aerielle Brackettvs.Sonya Pinsky6-0, 6-3 4Emily Lecocqvs.Allyson Luber6-2, 6-1 1DMadison Lenoir-Irwinvs.Audrey Wismar6-4, 6-11DKate CherryhomesMia Rossi 2DMaddy Cainevs.Tiffany Wong6-0, 6-12DSam Szuhaj Ada Barreto 3DAnnika Ditzlervs.Tammy Tran6-3, 6-13DGrace DaumMarjorie Salorre


2016 CA Classic Tournament, Clovis CA

Varsity Record:         3-2 D3 tournament, (5-2 overall)

JV Record:           2-3 D5 tournament, (5-3 overall)

Frosh Record:    3-2 D7 tournament, (3-2 overall)

Varsity Summary (3-2 Division 3 bracket winner)

Valley Christian (San Jose) 5, O’Dowd 1

Garces (Bakersfield) 4, O’Dowd 3 Tiebreak

O’Dowd 4, Vista Del Lago (Folsom) 3 – Tiebreak

O’Dowd 4, St Mary’s (Stockton) 2

O’Dowd 4, Clovis East (Clovis) 3 – Tiebreak

O’Dowd Varsity drew from experience as well as new players to win Saturday bracket in Div 3 and the Championship shirts.  After tough start vs Valley Christian and Garces, Varsity won their final three matches for the win.  Frosh Evian Jiang and #3 Senior Sarah Craney finished 3-2 at #2 & 3 singles, while #2 Dubs Alexis Gillikin/Emily Lecocq and #3 Dubs Samantha Szuhaj/Maddy Caine captured 3-2 records as well.  It was a team effort and quite a time to celebrate.

JV Summary (2-3 Division 5)  

Woodcreek (Roseville) 5, O’Dowd 1

O’Dowd 4, Clovis North 2

Selma 6, O’Dowd 0 

Pitman (Turlock) 4, O’Dowd 3 – Tiebreak

O’Dowd 4, Merced 2

O’Dowd JV battled in Division 5 – considering the entire team was playing the tournament for the first time (last year cancelled due to fire).  #1 Aerielle Brackett and #2 Julia Beauchemin both battled hard with a pair of come-from-behind victories for 2-3 records.  Everyone contributed to the wins – with special mention to Katie Bunn, Sabela Ralston and Lillie Benson with 3-1 records.  JV team barely missed the Championship round in D5 by a tiebreak loss to Pitman.  They finished out the tourny on a positive note with a 4-2 win over Merced.

Frosh Summary (3-2 Division 7 Bracket winner)

Wasco 4, O’Dowd 3 – Tiebreak

Granite Hills (Porterville) 4, O’Dowd 3 – Tiebreak

O’Dowd 4, Hoover 2

O’Dowd 4, Riverdale 2

O’Dowd 4, Fresno High 2

O’Dowd Frosh made their mark in Division 7 – Friday started off with two tough tiebreak losses, followed by their breakthrough win vs Hoover High.  Going into Saturday the Frosh caught fire and won both matches for the D7 Bracket win and Championship shirts.  Annika Ditzler, Jenny Cheng, Grace Daum and Grace Gao held down the singles spots respectably against older, more seasoned opponents.  Cheng at #2 Singles was the ONLY O’Dowd player to go undefeated at 5-0.  Sophia Childs and Bella Friedrich held down #1 doubles with a 2-2 record against far more experienced players.  The Frosh team showed great team spirit and have become a very tight-knit unit which will undoubtedly become the future of O’Dowd Tennis.


O’Dowd 7, San Lorenzo 0


SUMMARY: Women’s Tennis won their WACC opener in style with a 7-0 Varsity and 5-0 JV victories.  Varsity saw some close singles matches including #2 Alexis and #4 Julia pulling out 3-set tiebreak victories.  Doubles was more routine with all straight set wins.  JV continued the trend, winning all pro-sets in a convincing manner.  Next up:  Fresno CA Classic Tournament!

MATCH MVP:  AERIELLE BRACKETT.  Aerielle moved up from JV to Varsity and had quite the debut – with a 6-2, 7-6 win at #3 singles.  Playing incredible defense, Aerielle covered the entire court and made very few unforced errors to wear down her opponent en route to victory.

VARSITY #BISHOP O’DOWDSAN LORENZOMATCH SCORE1Evian Jiangvs.Bella Lee6-1, 6-2 2Alexis Gillikinvs.Alexandra Torres1-6, 6-1, 10-4 3Aerielle Brackettvs.Abby Lopez6-2, 7-6 (4) 4Julia Beaucheminvs.Jasmine Verano6-1, 4-6, 10-7 1DMadison Lenoir-Irwinvs.Lena Mei6-2, 6-01DKate CherryhomesMara Flores 2DEmily Lecocqvs.Gabby Del Rosario6-2, 6-02DLauren MurphyKate Tolentino 3DMaddie Cainevs.Andrea Caro6-0, 6-33DSam Szuhaj Earvee Astroga

JUNIOR VARSITY #BISHOP O’DOWD SAN LORENZOMATCH SCORE1Jenny Chengvs.Maellysa Paule8-02Camille Lentvs.Andrea Caro8-21JDKatie Bunnvs.Lena Mei8-11JDSabela Ralston Hara Flores 2JDAnnika Ditzlervs.Gabby Del Rosario8-32JDGrace Daum Kate Tolentino 3JDLillie Bensonvs.JV Player8-23JDAnna Lockhart JV Player


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