Central Mountain defeats Williamsport on the road in girls tennis
WILLIAMSPORT — For the second time in two days, Central Mountain used its dominant senior stuffed lineup to defeat Williamsport in girls tennis Thursday in convincing fashion, 5-0.
The Wildcats beat Williamsport by the same score Tuesday in Mill Hall.
The shutout victory over Williamsport marked Central Mountain’s third win of the week. A narrow loss to Loyalsock is the lone loss on Wildcats schedule this season.
Central Mountain coach Pete Wert is not letting Central Mountain’s lone loss of the season discourage his team, or how they play.
“We were hoping to finish off the season without a loss,” Wert said. “We still feel good, where we are at, and our goal ultimately is to develop our team as both people, and as players.”
At No. 1 singles, Central Mountain senior Carolina Carpenetti picked up where she left off in the previous meeting between the two schools and defeated Williamport’s Mary Hillman, 6-0, 6-3, to continue her dominant year.
Both seniors Olvia Anastos and Kati Kwiatek earned victories for Central Mountain in their respective matches in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
Anastos was victorious in No. 2 singles as she defeated Williamsport’s Breanna Chicas, 6-0, 6-0. In No.3 singles, Central Mountain’s dominance continued as Kwiatek took down Allyson McCann, 6-0, 6-0.
Wert said the top-three, Carpenetti, Anastos, and Kwiatek have been able to find success so often this season, due to their attacking mentalities. Wert credited their success to the trio’s offseason dedication.
“They were chomping at the bit to play,” Wert said, “We felt pretty confident going into the season we were going to be one of the better teams in the conference, and they’re good, they find weaknesses to attack.”
The success was no different in doubles competition for Central Mountain.
Caitlyn Daye and Zella Talbot paired together for Doubles No. 1s and defeated Williamsport’s Emma Campbell and Mairead Ferry. Daye and Zella won, 6-2, 6-3.
At No. 2 doubles, Central Mountain’s Clare Long and Zeta Blesh won in shutout fashion as the two took down Williamsport’s Abby Robertson and Shay Robinson.
The Wildcats now sit at 9-1 on the season as the team enters the final week of the regular season.
Aside from a dedicated group of girls and a will to compete, Wert said a big reason for the Wildcats success is the influence assistant coach Tom Zettle has had on the development of the players.
“Since he has been in the program our record has skyrocketed,” Wert said. “He does a great job of developing their strokes and prepares them for the next level.”
Up next for Central Mountain is an away match at Selinsgrove on Monday. In the team’s first meeting, the season opener, Central Mountain defeated Selinsgrove 5-0.