After claiming the decisive third match against district rival Clarke County, the Mason High School girls varsity tennis team is still rolling in Region B competition, along with their ailing top player.
Battling 100-degree temperatures on the court last weekend and an illness that has plagued her for more than two months, Michelle Repper gutted out a tough match against undefeated Brittany Miller of Buffalo Gap to advance to the Region B singles finals. Pounding out hard ground strokes and giving Miller fits with a spin serve, Repper prevailed in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.
The Mustangs also advanced to the finals of the team competition, this Thursday, May 31. Mason moved past Shenandoah District Champion Wilson Memorial 5-1, with singles wins from Anna Duning (6-4, 6-3), Kelsey Kane (6-1, 6-1), Margaret Lipman (6-3, 6-2) and Yesha Shrestha (7-5, 6-3). A win by Mason’s No. 2 doubles team of Duning and Annie Zweighaft clinched the win.
“Annie Zweighaft is turning into one of the team’s top doubles players,” Mason Head Coach Chris Madison said.
The team competition will be held at George Mason High School, beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday. There Mason will square off against Goochland High School in a rematch of last season’s Region B Final. The Mustangs prevailed in that contest, 5-2.
“Mason is playing their best tennis of the year at the right time, regardless of the status of Repper,” Madison said. “The team is poised to make another run to the state tournament.”
While Repper was able to solider through her singles match, she and her doubles partner Kane could not withstand a tough tandem from Goochland in Tuesday’s Region B Doubles finals. After topping Buffalo Gap in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1, Mason couldn’t hold on, winning the first set 6-3, but then dropping the second and third sets 3-6, 4-6.
“Mason came out strong early,” Madison said. “But as the match wore on, Michelle’s physical condition worsened and she barely was able to stand up.”