The Dublin Coffman High School girls tennis team beat Dublin Jerome 3-2 on Sept. 4 to break the Celtics' 50-match winning streak.
It was Jerome's first loss since falling to Upper Arlington 3-1 in a Division I Ohio Tennis Coaches Association district final on Oct. 11, 2010. The Celtics finished 22-0 and captured OTCA state titles each of the past two seasons.
"The biggest win of the season so far was definitely Jerome," coach Brett Hundert-pfund said. "Every girl played incredible during that match and really stepped up."
Against the Celtics, Amber Lee beat Rhiannon James 7-6, 6-2 at second singles, Jessica Flynn and Annie Yang defeated Courtney Go and Sophia Gomez 6-2, 6-4 at first doubles and Victoria Fan and Skylar Moore beat Stephanie George and Natalia Gomez 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at second doubles.
"Annie and Jessica played a great match at first doubles," Hundertpfund said. "They were winning the big points and keeping the pressure on by playing smart tennis. Both of them served really well and were putting the easy balls away and not giving Jerome too many second chances. "
With the match tied at 2, the deciding point came down to second doubles.
"Skylar and Victoria had ... been playing well and even though they had a lead in the third set, the momentum was beginning to shift," Hundertpfund said. "Both of the girls came up with big shots during pressure situations, showing the mental toughness and poise that you don't expect to see from two freshman in that type of situation."
The Shamrocks lost to UA 3-2 in an OCC-Central Division match Sept. 5. They were 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the league before facing Central Crossing on Sept. 10. Coffman concludes league play Thursday, Sept. 12, at Westland.
Irish win their first five league matches
Scioto won both of its OCC-Cardinal matches last week, beating Westerville South 5-0 on Sept. 3 and Canal Winchester 5-0 on Sept. 5.
Winning against Canal Winchester were Prachi Bansal at first singles (6-1, 6-3), Harunya Ravindran at second singles (6-0, 6-0), Sugamya Juvvigunta at third singles (6-0, 6-0), Monica Xu and Cynthia Pathmathasan at first doubles (6-0, 6-1) and Sunanda Chilukuri and Shelby Powell at second doubles (6-1, 6-0).
The Irish fell to 5-3 overall with a 5-0 loss to Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 9 and were 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Jerome in a league match Sept. 10.
Scioto concludes league play Thursday, Sept. 12, at home against Hilliard Darby.
"We have played very solid against our league opponents so far," coach Mike Wrigley said. "Harunya Ravindran and Sugamya Juvvigunta have contributed to the success of the team so far this season. I've been impressed with our ability to adapt to changing match strategies by our opponents on the part of our singles players. Also, I've been impressed with the aggressiveness of our doubles teams, which I didn't expect."
Celtics rebound from loss to 'Rocks
After losing to Coffman, Jerome bounced back to beat Westerville Central 5-0 in an OCC-Cardinal match Sept. 5.
Winning against Central were Ellee Bullock at first singles (6-1, 6-1), James at second singles (6-0, 6-0), Sophia Gomez at third singles (6-0, 6-0), Maddy Easdale and George at first doubles (6-0, 6-0) and Natalia Gomez and Emily Neal at second doubles (6-1, 6-3).
Against Coffman, Bullock beat Ashley Tan 6-4, 6-2 at first singles and Easdale defeated Crissi Tzagournis 6-0, 6-4 at third singles.
Jerome was 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the league before playing Scioto in a league match Sept. 10.
The Celtics conclude league play Thursday, Sept. 12, at home against Canal Winchester.