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Strong week gives Powhatan boys and girls tennis wins over Clover Hill

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Jacob Pfab (Powhatan tennis)

Senior Jacob Pfab delivers a serve in a doubles matchup against Goochland High School on March 15. Pfab most recently beat Clover Hill’s Nemo Kim on April 12.

Powhatan’s tennis teams recorded big results this past week, with both teams knocking off Clover Hill on April 12.

The Powhatan boys traveled to Clover Hill to duel the Cavaliers on a mound of four leaf clovers.

After saving seven match points - six at third seed and one at sixth seed - the Cavaliers tied the singles score 3-3. With two 10-point tiebreaking third set match wins and an overall tied team score at 3-3, the Cavaliers had the momentum in their favor coming out of the singles matches.

The Indians were prepared for that scenario, knowing the match would come down to winning two out of three doubles matches for the team victory. The Indians went on to win one singles and two doubles quite convincingly.

Senior Jacob Pfab continued to deny his opponent a set as he defeated Nemo Kim 6-1, 6-0. Powhatan fourth-seed Noah Lawson put the Indians up 2-0 by defeating Ohm Tripethi, 6-0, 6-3.

Later, Indians freshman Jamison Wallace closed out his challenging match of many long rallies, but keyed on winning the important points to take a 6-0, 6-2 victory from Clover Hill’s Tyler Gittleman.

After a few singles wins by the Cavaliers to make it a 3-3 score, the Indians knew they had a chance to pull away with a solid doubles performance.

The combination of Pfab and Rusin proved too strong to start, defeating Kim and Ctihelman, 8-0. Then, Lawson and Wallace would only surrender one game as they won their match, 8-1 to seal a 5-4 team victory.

In the girls meet, four different matchups went to tiebreakers against the Cavaliers, but it was the Indians who came out on top with a convincing 7-2 victory.

The Indians won four of their five singles duels, with top player Emma Carter setting the tone with 6-1 and 6-2 set wins over Maggie Barker. Then, Powhatan’s Carter Quinn won a close battle against Jailyn Mabe that saw her recover from a 6-1 set loss with a 6-1 win of her own, and a 10-8 tiebreaker third set for a crucial Indians win. Wins by Erika Roark, Polly Overboe and Zoe Lucas closed out a terrific night of singles for the Indians before Carter and Quinn teamed up in doubles to win a 9-8 set and Roark and Overboe worked to win 8-4.

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