3-set doubles wins lift Wilmington over Fairmont


WILMINGTON — A pair of three-set wins on the doubles courts lifted Wilmington to a 3-2 win over Fairmont Wednesday in non-league tennis action on the WHS courts.

The win lifts Wilmington’s record to 4-8 on the year. Fairmont is 6-8.

“This was a big win for us,” said WHS head coach Doug Cooper. “We’ve seen some players really turn the corner in terms of how to mentally manage a tennis match. That’s a skill we didn’t have in August.

“This team is a work in progress and I’m really proud of how they’ve stuck with it and continue to improve. That’s what we’re about this year. I’ve given them quite a challenging schedule, and they’ve been persistent in embracing whatever challenge is thrown their way.”

The first doubles team of Cary Holliday and Bailey Wheeler were 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 winners while the second doubles pairing of Josie Heys and Sofia Castillo came through with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.

Layna Holmes lost a heartbreaker at second singles 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-10.

“Layna played extremely well in her loss to a good player. They both battled it out and refused to back down,” said Cooper. “Layna is proving to be a real warrior at second singles, which is not an easy position for a sophomore to play with our schedule. She is showing real growth and is setting the example on the team for how to compete.”

SUMMARY

Sept 14, 2022

@Wilmington High School

Wilmington 3, Fairmont 2

Singles

1: Chandni Sharma was def by Madison Watkins 2-6, 0-6

2: Layna Holmes was def by Katie Drake 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-10

3: Reagan Henry def Maggie Ellis 5-3, ret

Doubles

1: Cary Holliday, Bailey Wheeler def Audrey Lundgren, Lucy Bruggese 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

2: Josie Heys, Sofia Castillo def Cora Fiscus, Izzy Turner 1-6, 6-1, 6-2

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