The Glynn Academy tennis squads’ 5-0 sweeps against Screven County on Friday looked simple enough on the scorecard, but there was a tricky chemical dynamic at play.
As the Lady Terrors cruised through their matches on the opening day of the Golden Isles Tennis Tournament on Jekyll Island, the Lady Terrors’ No. 2 doubles pair Eliana Paga and Yanin Reinholz were adjusting to their new partnership.
Head coach Burnett Rooks was looking for a spark on doubles court No. 2, after the Lady Terrors dropped a match on that court to Brantley earlier this week. Paga, who previously played No. 1 doubles with partner Ansley Moody, switched courts to help balance the teams out.
In their first match as partners this season, Paga and Reinholz went 3-2 in the first set against their opponents from Screven, and the two could sense some slight miscommunication.
“We were doing very good individually, but it was taking us a while to work with each other’s shots,” Reinholz said.
Paga and Reinholz corrected course and won nine of their next 11 games en route to a 6-2, 6-2 win. The two were the last off the court and clinched the sweep for Glynn Academy.
“It took us a second to groove,” Paga said. “Doubles is all about (teamwork), and if you don’t groove you’re not going to do well.”
Curry Hartman, who took Paga’s place, stepped up to court No. 1, seemed to get along just fine with her new partner. Hartman and Moody went 6-3 in the first set before rattling off a 6-0 second set.
Rooks could see some of the discomfort between his new pairs on the courts. Ultimately, it didn’t cost the Red Terrors any points in their dual matches, but time will tell how the pairs gel as the tournament progresses to Saturday with plenty of big hitters ahead.
“Hopefully we’ll see the combinations coming together and working as a team,” Rooks said. “They’re still not where I want them to be, but I was pleased to see where their first match was together.”
No. 1 singles player Sarah Murray continued her consistency with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Rooks said he was impressed with No. 2 singles player Emma Hidalgo’s focus and strong shots in her decisive 6-1, 6-0 win. Leanna Wood completed the trifecta for the Lady Terrors in singles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 3.
On the boys singles courts, the Red Terrors were dominating from their first serves. Cole Paschal left with a 6-1, 6-0 win in No. 1 singles. Matt Hartnett also dropped just one game, 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles and Stephen Thompson battled through a handful of rallies in his match on court No. 3, 6-2, 6-2.
“I was very impressed with the boys,” Rooks said. “Everyone was in a great groove, getting in most of their first serves and executing well.”
Doubles wrapped up the sweep. Ben McKenzie and Danny Moore won 6-2, 6-1 and Sheldon Barber and Joe Sousa left with 6-3, 6-1 wins.
The win also granted the Red Terrors the liberty to sleep in before their next matches. While the consolation matches start at 8 a.m., the boys and girls teams will enjoy about two extra hours of sleep, when the boys start at 10:15 a.m., and the girls start at 10:45 a.m.