Morristown West tennis tops East, 8-1, 9-0
Morristown West’s Rachel Ramsey warms up before the Trojans’ match against rival Morristown East Tuesday, at Frank Lorino Park. The Trojans swept East in both boys’ and girl’ matches.
A blustery day at Frank Lorino Park hindered both teams at first, but by the time the days’ tennis was done Morristown West would claim resounding victories in both the boys and girls matches.
No. 1 Parker Ashford led the Trojan men to an 8-1 victory over cross-town rival Morristown East. On the women’s side, gutty performances from Hannah Beth Moorehouse and Danielle McNabney kept the Lady Trojans perfect with a 9-0 victory over the Lady Hurricanes.
“It was blowing enough to make it difficult on everybody to have high-quality tennis,” Morristown West coach Ron Bowlin said. “After they got playing a little bit, I think they kind of got used to it. Especially when doubles rolled around.”
West dominated boys’ singles play, with the closest match between fourth seeds Nolan Sexton and the Hurricanes’ Danny Peneda. Sexton won the match 8-4. Ashford beat East’s Adam Perkey 8-2, Jared Reed beat Dylan Coffey 8-2, Jay Inman beat Ben Rush 8-1, Garrett Rines beat Nick Ramsey with a perfect 8-0 and Gabe Sexton held off Bradley Thompson 8-3.
“It takes kids a while to get into being match-tough,” Bowlin said. “We’re pleased with the win. Anytime you win against East in a rivalry game it’s always good. We’re glad to get another IMAC win.”
Morristown East’s lone win of the day came in boys’ doubles. The team of Rush and Peneda took down Jake West and D.J. Gibson 8-4 in the No. 2 match. Ashford and Reed kept their day going in the one match, beating Perkey and Coffey 8-1. In the No. 3 match Curt Wolff and William Mitchell from West beat Domick Bucca and Zain Rathnani from East 8-4.
The best matches of the day were on the girls’ side, in the fifth and sixth brackets, though the top two contests were battles as well. Lady Trojans hard-hitting No. 1 Rachael Ramsey beat East’s Allison Anderson 8-3 and West No. 2 Aliea Williams beat East’s Allison Young 8-4.
West’s Catherine Cook kept the team rolling with an 8-0 win over Trisha Gordon and Maggie Cook put up an 8-1 victory over Allison Garcia.
West’s Moorehouse and East’s Sophie Assandnia needed a tie break to keep the Lady Trojans undefeated on the day. With the match tied 8-8, Moorehouse won the tiebreak 7-0.
McNabney nearly had a tiebreak in her sixth slot match with A. Wright from East. McNabney won 8-6.
“They were real good, close singles matches,” Bowlin said. “It’s big for those girls. For them to pull out a close win, it’s exciting for them. They both had to figure out how to win. This is how you learn how to play tennis, playing those tough matches.”
West was just as good in girls’ doubles, with the teams of Ramsey and Williams beating Anderson and Young 8-0. The Cook sisters won their match over Gordon and Garcia 8-1 and Moorehouse and Ana Langlois beat Assandia and Wright 8-3.
-By Adam Greene, Tribune Correspondent