The Beacon High School girls’ tennis team, with a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory on Tuesday (Nov. 10), defeated rival Hendrick Hudson for the first time. The match was finished after being suspended on an earlier date. Hendrick Hudson won a second match against the Bulldogs also played on Tuesday, 5-2.
In completing the suspended competition, Beacon fell behind 3-1 before winning the final three singles matches. Junior Maura Lane won at first singles, 8-5; sophomore Farah Jaafar won 8-6, and sophomore Isabelle Ray won 8-7 (10-6).
On Nov. 6, the Bulldogs defeated Haldane, 6-1. In the singles matches, Lane defeated Mairead O’Hara, 8-6; Jaafar lost to Caroline Nelson, 8-1; and Ray defeated Amanda Johnson, 8-2.
The doubles team of Lindsay Darcy and Emma Sanderson picked up an 8-4 win over Maya Osborn and Fiona Shanahan; Kelly Murphy and Alex Moroch defeated Haldane’s O’Hara and McBride, 8-3; and Gretta Anderson and Tamar Adams defeated Isabella Crofts and Shields, 8-0. Brianna Moleano and Lina Ahmed of Beacon won at fourth doubles, 8-4.
The Bulldogs (4-4) were scheduled to play their final match on Thursday (Nov. 12) against Brewster; the team did not send anyone to last week’s regional tournament.
“We had a tough schedule, but we split with Hen Hud, and that’s good,” Coach David Ryley said. “Lourdes is on another level, but we’re gaining on them. I’m happy with how they finished.” He noted that most of the team will return next season, and Beacon has a strong junior varsity.
“This year the wins and losses didn’t mean nearly as much as getting to play,” Ryley said. “I’m so glad for the girls that we got to have some kind of season.”