Playing in their first varsity match, South Whidbey’s Katherine Read and Sophia Pisana rallied to beat Coupeville’s Ana and Ivy Luvera, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2.
Their come-from-behind victory sealed South Whidbey’s 5-0 team sweep over its island rival Coupeville on Tuesday.
Play could have ended much sooner had the Luvera sisters not staged a remarkable comeback in the first set. Pisana and Read led 5-2. But mistakes cost the Falcons, and the Luveras seized their chance in the tiebreaker.
“Before we knew it, we were down a set after being a point away from winning the first set,” said Falcon head coach Karyle Kramer.
Pisana and Read regrouped in the second set and improved their groundstroke placement in the third.
“Both freshmen listened well and adjusted a few key strategy pieces,” Kramer said. “Doubles isn’t about strokes as much is it is about strategy.”
“Katherine started the season brand new to tennis and Sophia had just a little experience,” Kramer said. “Both have improved tremendously. In addition to the players’ hard work, I give Coach (Jenny)Gochanour a lot of credit for bringing out the best in both of these players.”
The Falcons’ other doubles teams cruised, however. Top doubles duo Tess Radisch and Amelia Weeks blanked Coupeville’s Julia Myers and Holly Craggs, 6-0, 6-0. Second doubles team Hannah Calderwood and Isla Dubendorf rolled against Wolves McKenzie Bailey and Sydney Autio, 6-0, 6-1.
In singles, senior Hayley Newman defeated Allie Hannigan, 6-0, 6-1; and Carlie Newman, a sophomore, won 6-0, 6-0.
South Whidbey’s junior varsity team, which earlier played against Friday Harbor’s varsity squad, defeated Coupeville 6-2 in eight-game sets.
“Jenny Gochanour and our full-time volunteer coach Rachel Clements are doing an amazing job with the team,” Kramer said.