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Tennis drops heartbreaker at Enloe

By Evan Moesta, 10/07/15, 9:00PM EDT


The playoff hopes for a young Millbrook Tennis team took a bit of a hit on Wednesday afternoon, as they fell 5-4 to Enloe in a rematch of a match that the Wildcats came away victorious from three weeks ago by the same score, both matches came down to the final doubles win.

#1 Brianna Taranto won the top singles match in three sets, 6-3, 3-5, 10-4. #2 Shea Cirllio picked up her 9th singles win of the season in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 over Catherine Battle. The pair of top singles players is has the 2nd best combined record in the Cap-8 amongst #1's and #2's.

#3 Rachel Gittelman fell 6-3, 6-4 to Sohyoen Kim. #4 Mackinley Sloan lost 6-1, 6-0 to Jennifer Yu. #5 Katie LeFevre fell Eileen Yang 6-3, 6-2. Despite a pair of losses from seniors in the four and five spots, it was senior Hannah Shifman who stepped up with a big afternoon. Shifman has taken a liking to the final spot in the singles lineup as she picked up her 4th win out of the #6 spot. She now has 6 wins this season in singles. Her victory came in three sets against Savarni Sanka 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.

With the score tied 3-3, it was going to take doubles to win it. Brianna Taranto and Shea Cirillo picked up their fourth doubles win of the season out of the top spot, 8-3. Rachel Gittelman and Mackinley Sloan dropped the #2 doubles matchup 8-2. That set up for an exciting finish as the winner of the final doubles pairing would come away with the victory for their team. Sanka and Yang jumped out to a 4-2 lead over Shifman and junior, Bayley Olson. The Wildcat duo would close the gap to 4-3 before Enloe stormed back to make it 5-4. With their back against the wall and every other match already completed, Shifman and Olson would come back to take a 6-5 lead. The Eagles would rally to win the final three games and the match 8-6 giving Enloe a 5-4 win.

For Millbrook, the loss all but locks up the 4th spot in the Cap-8 standings, putting them on the outside looking in towards a 4A NCHSAA Dual Team playoff spot as a Wild Card team. The Wildcats' third road game in three days is tomorrow against 14-0 Sanderson. Millbrook lost to them 8-1 on September 10th. Senior day is on Monday and it still has big implications on Millbrook as they take on Leesville. For more information, follow Millbrook Women's Tennis on Twitter at @MHSWomensTennis.