Another 2.5 victory!!!


The Simsmore 2.5 ladies knew they were going to face some stiff competition from Canton, since they had lost earlier in the season to them back at home in Simsbury. Now, they had to face them again at their facility and comfort zone, with their coach watching and clapping for them.

Simsmore D2 had a new paring with Sophia joining Heidi. They used their size advantage to force the action at the net, and Canton kept getting stuck at the baseline. Before even 30 minutes had passed, they were up 4-0. Canton made one surge at the end of the first set by breaking Heidi’s serve once, but Simsmore broke right back and kept up the pressure with very consistent strokes by Heidi and some powerful forehands by Sophia to close the set 6-2. After that, the confidence and momentum was all on Simsmore’s side, and they made quick work of the 2nd set. Sophia’s family arrived just in time to see them close it out 6-0 and finish their match first.

D1 Doubles had the toughest match up of the day. It was apparent that Jude and Nicky were playing two very experienced ladies from Canton. Jude and Nicky worked the net, worked the lobs, worked the angles, but it just wasn’t enough. Nicky’s family arrived to cheer her on, just as they lost the first set 1-6. The second set played out pretty much the same. Try as they did to mix up the action, using their quickness and teamwork, they still couldn’t seem to get a winning momentum going in the 2nd set, and lost it as well at 1-6.

Judy, who was playing against a lefty for her first time, took the singles slot for Simsmore. Both players won their first serves, but Judy broke her opponent’s serve in the 3rd game to take a 2-1 lead, and that momentum carried her for the next few games. Canton’s S1 broke back and won two games in a row at the end of the first set, but Judy served it out at 6-3. The second set didn’t start too well for Judy. The Canton lefty was using her strong forehand to keep Judy back and quickly went up 3-0. But Judy dug deep, winning her serve at 1-3, then started to use more angles and deeper shots to take back control. Suddenly it was all Judy, as she ran off 6 straight games to win the second set 6-3 and seal the match for Simsmore.

Congratulations on another strong team win for the Simsmore 2.5 ladies squad.