Tennis: Lyons bright spot in Santa Rosa’s loss to Newman

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa's Haley Lyons hits a return during a match against Cardinal Newman's Emily Greco on Tuesday. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa’s Haley Lyons hits a return during a match against Cardinal Newman’s Emily Greco on Tuesday. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

For Santa Rosa’s Haley Lyons, the fifth time proved to be a charm.

On her home court Tuesday, the junior finally defeated Cardinal Newman’s No. 1 player Emily Greco after losing the first four times they played.

As far as upsets go, this ranks as the biggest of the year in the North Bay League.

When the two met for the fourth time earlier in the season, Greco coasted to a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Tuesday, Lyons turned the tables with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

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While Lyons’ win was a surprise, the outcome of the team match went as expected. Newman prevailed 5-2 and in the process remained tied with Maria Carrillo for the top spot in the NBL. Both schools are 11-1 with two matches remaining.

It was evident from the start that Lyons was on a mission. She broke Greco in the third game of the set.

“I wasn’t going to let her beat me like she’s done the past two years,” Lyons said. “For the last week, I kept telling myself that.

“Then, when I went up 2-1 in the first set, it boosted my confidence. I felt I could win.”

Relying on a solid forehand, Lyons consistently got Greco’s serve back deep and won a number of points following long rallies.

“This was one of the best matches I’ve played,” Lyons said. “I worked super hard to prepare and it paid off.”

Greco, the No. 2 singles player in league, didn’t have her usual power game. She has been battling flu symptoms this week.

MARIA CARRILLO 7, RANCHO COTATE 0

At Rohnert Park, the Pumas didn’t drop a set.

Fu Long set the tone for the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Natalie Miranda at No. 1 singles.

The other singles match winners were: Kira Deguchi, Hanna Monette and Emily Wilson.

MONTGOMERY 6, WINDSOR 1

At Windsor, the Vikings lost the top singles position but won the other six matches while evening their record at 6-6.

Zoe Brook gave the Jaguars their only point with a win over Delaney, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6.

Alexandra Wood, Sami Eberhart and Hailey Frank won their singles matches in straight sets.

CASA GRANDE 6, UKIAH 1

At Ukiah, the visiting Gauchos swept all four singles matches while improving their record to 7-5.

Leading the way was No. 1 Satvika Madadi. She took out Serenity Vobaril, 6-0, 6-0.

Also posting wins in singles were: Sara Geyer, Sandy Yang and Alaina Duner.

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