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Foothill girls tennis: Cents get an all-around win

Saugus makes early statement with shutout victory

Posted: September 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Saugus singles player Megann Soucy watches her shot during a match against Canyon on Tuesday at Saugus High.

 

The Saugus girls tennis team made its biggest statement of the young season defeating Canyon 18-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Saugus High School.

The Centurions (3-3, 1-1) dominated the Cowboys (0-2 Foothill League) in both singles and doubles, with the closest set of the day coming when Canyon’s No. 1 singles player Alexa Mendez fell 6-4 to Saugus’ No. 3 singles player Abbi Bahr.

Saugus’ No. 1 singles player Megann Soucy won her three sets 6-3, 6-1 and 6-1. She was the first Centurion player to finish playing Wednesday, allowing her an opportunity to watch the success of her teammates.

And there was plenty for her to watch.

Saugus’ No. 2 singles player Jessica Moore impressed with a sweep of her matches 6-3, 6-0 and 6-0, while Bahr swept 6-4, 6-2 and 6-0.

If Saugus wants to compete in the difficult Foothill League moving forward, they’ll need that kind of success behind Soucy.

“It’s big,” Soucy said. “Three out of 18 is not going to win anything. They did a great job out there.”

The doubles side fared just as well for the Centurions, as the No. 1 doubles team of Pilar Araujo and Caren Rosen led the Centurions by sweeping 6-1, 6-0 and 6-2.

For the Cowboys, the match did have a few bright spots, as Mendez played three strong sets before losing 3-6, 3-6 and 4-6. While there is still plenty of work to do, the Cowboys have shown improvement as the season has progressed.

“Big improvement in their game play, they played really well,” said Canyon head coach Annie Araujo.

And Canyon will look to continue improving when it takes on West Ranch on Oct. 5.

“We’re going to work on a lot,” Araujo said.

As for the Centurions, the road ahead won’t be as easy as it was Wednesday, with a match against defending league co-champion Valencia on Oct. 5.

“I think we can take this confidence (into the next match) that when we play our best we can do some damage,” said Saugus head coach Allan Hardbarger.

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