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May 1, 2013

Marblehead tennis wins battle of unbeaten under lights

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Big Blue coach Nina Rogers was thrilled with the way Raptunavich battled and expects another great match when the teams play again later in the season.

“Anna has some great strokes. She has a different game than Tory,” said Rogers. “I think she’s (Raptunavich) just as good as Tory, today, Tory just came out on top.”

The match had come down to the first singles match after the Magicians swept the doubles and Swampscott rolled at second and third singles.

“I had no idea what to expect because Swampscott had a lot of turnover from last year,” said Stonecipher. “Doubles is where we’re strong so we were fortunate to get two points there tonight.”

The match had come down to the first singles match after the Magicians swept the doubles and Swampscott rolled at second and third singles.

Marblehead senior captain Meghan Gabel rarely missed and her partner, sophomore Kelly Mealey was equally as impressive as the duo made quick work of the Big Blue’s Allegra Walker and Jessica Zolott, 6-0, 6-2. Amanda Gilberg and Meaghan Hanratty defeated Nataliya Andrushschenko and Michelle Schnayder 6-4, 6-2.

The first doubles match was the quickest of the night as Gabel and Mealey seemed like they’d been playing together their entire lives. Getting that first point can do wonders for team moral so Gabel and Mealey were happy to step up.

“We work really well together. You could see she (Mealey) was volleying like crazy. We just click,” said Gabel. “You need to get momentum going. It helps when the entire team can see us coming off the court with a win under our belt.”

Swampscott freshman Vivien Gere was on her game again last night, taking down Marblehead senior captain Annie Ryan 6-1, 6-0 at second singles. Swampscott sophomore Veronica Pyatigorskaya turned her ankle early in the second set but it didn’t slow her down at all. Pyatigorskaya used every shot in her repertoire to win 6-2, 6-0 over Sarah Katz.

“I was really pleased with how all my singles played tonight,” said Rogers. “She (Pyatigorskaya) has all the strokes-the top spin, the slice and she’s got a fabulous serve. When it drops in on her first serve more and more she’s going to be hard to beat at that (third singles) position.”

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