Girls tennis: Montgomery’s Marghi Andreassi takes over top spot

Montgomery High School freshman Marghi Andreassi played against Maria Carrillo High School senior Fu Long, at Maria Carrillo High School, Tuesday, September 30, 2014.   (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery High School freshman Marghi Andreassi played against Maria Carrillo High School senior Fu Long, at Maria Carrillo High School, Tuesday, September 30, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

There’s a new No. 1 in Redwood Empire girls tennis.

Marghi Andreassi, a freshman at Montgomery, ascended to the top spot Tuesday afternoon by defeating reigning Press Democrat All-Empire Player of the Year Fu Long of Maria Carrillo for the second time this season.

Despite Long’s loss at No. 1 singles, the host Pumas won the NBL match. 4-3, and remain atop the standings with a 7-1 record.

Andreassi took her match 6-3 and 7-5. She had to come from behind in the final set to get the victory.

The 14-year-old trailed 5-4 before winning the next three games.

“It was a tough match,” Andreassi said. “Her serve was powerful and gave me problems. It was definitely closer than the first time we played.”

When the two met during the first half of the season, the score was 6-3 and 6-2.

Between Long’s hard serves and Andreassi’s punishing forehand, there weren’t many long rallies in Tuesday’s match.

Long figures to get another chance at the new No. 1 during the NBL singles tournament at the end of the season.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 4, SANTA ROSA 3

At Cardinal Newman, Anna Hartmann and Molly Wolmuth won singles matches as the Cardinals improved to 5-3 in the NBL.

The doubles duos of Rachael McGregor-Tasha Schafer and Maddie Wilson-Gigi Swenson also posted victories for the Cardinals.

CASA GRANDE 6, RANCHO COTATE 1

At Petaluma, the Gauchos won all four singles matches.

No. 1 Satvika Madadi and Sara Geyer won at the top two spots and the Cougars defaulted the No. 3 and No. 4 positions.

PETALUMA 6, HEALDSBURG 1

At Petaluma, the Trojans remained unbeaten in Sonoma County League play.

Led by Kim Garcia, the home team swept the four singles positions. Also winning were Madeline Graham, Ada Payne and Hannah Sloth.

ANALY 6, EL MOLINO 1

At Forestville, the Tigers’ No. 1 singles player Jade Wight didn’t lose a game. Hillary Brennan, Alya Bohr and Kate Stewart also had easy matches while sweeping the other singles positions.