Impressive Week for Rams Tennis

Impressive Week for Rams Tennis

Robinson teams sweep Centreville and Fairfax.


Robinson's Drew Courtney

The Robinson Rams tennis teams notched two victories over the past week, sweeping Centreville, 9-0 in girls and 9-0 in boys. On April 8, the Rams beat Fairfax in boys and girls, each by scores of 7-2.

On Wednesday, April 2, the Lady Rams shut out Centreville, 9-0.

At No. 1 singles, Megan Kittel fought back to a 10-8 victory. At No. 2 singles, Dawn Xiang limited her unforced errors to win, 10-5. At No. 3 singles, Nicole Furst came into her own, smashing her opponent, 10-3. Courtney Clinton, at No. 4 singles, played well offensively and defensively when appropriate to earn a 10-8 victory. At No. 5 singles, Kaitlin Kallini played a gritty game to whip her opponent 10-4. Finally, at No. 6 singles, Nicole Hackett showed great determination, winning in a 7-2 tie breaker.

The Rams then joined forces to play excellent doubles with Kittel and Kallini, Xiang and Furst, and Bui joining Clinton to earn 10-6, 10-5, and 10-5 victories, respectively.

<b>THE BOYS TEAM</b> traveled to Centreville and also recorded a 9-0 win.

Drew Courtney, Doug Gallagher, and Billy Nason all recorded shutout victories in singles. Kevin Castellow won easily, 10-1. Nico Papageorge moved up to the No. 5 spot and won 10-2 over the Wildcats’ Drake Diamond. Alex Callo rounded out the singles line-up with a 10-0 win. In doubles, Castellow and Gallagher won quickly, 8-0. Sam Coster and David Eackloff teamed to win at No. 2 doubles.

In the most exciting match of the day, freshmen Michael Callo and David Smiley made their Ram debut by winning a tiebreaker.

They fell behind, 7-4, but with the team cheering them on, staged a big comeback to force the tiebreaker.

<b>ON TUESDAY, APRIL</b> 8, the Rams girls tennis team defeated Fairfax, 7-2.

At No. 1 singles, Meg Kittel lost a tough match to Lauren Palmucci. At No. 2 singles, Dawn Xiang got tough toward the end to defeat Kate Montwill, 10-7. At No. 3 singles, Nicole Furst soundly beat Vickey Teets, 10-1. Courtney Clinton played smart tennis at No. 4 singles to win 10-7 over Sita Sitalakshmi. Kaitlin Kallini started out 0-2 and then roared back to win 10-2 over Lauren Schaffer. Nicole Hackett played her best match of the season to beat Duygu Erguder, 10-1.

In doubles, Kittel and Kallini gave Palmucci and Montwill a good match, losing, 10-7. At No. 2 doubles, Xiang and Nicole Furst keep improving, soundly beating Sitalakshimi and Schaeffer, 10-1. Courtney Williams and Angela Stallman made a successful debut at No. 3 doubles, defeating Tiffany Lee and Visheshta Chopra, 10-4.

<b>AT FAIRFAX,</b> the boys team brought home another victory by the identical 7-2 score. Drew Courtney routed his 2007 Concorde District and Northern Regional finals opponent, Sid Balaji, 10-0.

Drew showed the crowd a complete game as he displayed a maturing style, using defense as well as his arsenal of weapons plus a competitiveness that never let his rival into the match.

The closest singles dual came at the No. 2 spot, where Kevin Castellow encountered a tough freshman in Jason Luu, a highly ranked Mid-Atlantic player. Castellow's powerful baseline game was countered by the freshman lefty's backhand slice. After falling behind, Castellow fought back to take a 10-9 lead. However, Luu forced a tiebreaker and ran out the string, 7-2. Sam Coster, at No. 6 singles, was seemingly off the court before warmups ended, pouncing on short balls and completely overpowering his freshman opponent, Justin Lee.

Billy Nason, No. 4 singles, followed soon after with a 10-2 win over Derek Bannatyne. Doug Gallagher shut out a substitute at the No. 3 singles slot. In the other tightly contested singles match, Nico Papageorge overcame an experienced senior at No. 5, 10-8.

Doubles saw a big upset as Courtney and Stephen Hardy, after serving for the match twice, fell in a tiebreaker to Balaji and Luu. Hardy suffered an elbow injury which has limited his playing time.

Gallagher and Nason teamed up for an 8-1 win and Coster teamed with David Eackloff to win 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.