The Jersey Shore tennis team faced off in a home game against the Shikellamy braves on Monday afternoon and beat Shikellamy 5-0. The Bulldogs remain undefeated and go 10-0 this season.

Early on, Shikellamy played the Bulldogs well and gave them a solid fight. But as all games progressed, the Bulldogs found their groove and picked up their pace.

“I know the second time will always be difficult and Shikellamy has totally improved since our very first game of the year,” said Jersey Shore coach Ann-Marie Dincher. “And exactly the same with my daughters. So, I was pretty excited about their performance today.

In Peyton Dincher’s match, Shikellamy’s Allie Minnier came on to play early, advancing 2-0 in the first set. But Peyton fought back four times in a row to take a 4-2 lead, eventually winning the first set 6-2. In game two, Peyton built momentum, firing on all cylinders and continuing to dominate. Even though Minnier scored in the second set, Peyton closed in on her to win the next point and win the set 6-2.

“Peyton had a bit of a slower start than usual,” coach Dincher mentioned after their win. “She had new strings on her racquet. (She was looking for) her shock absorber. Once she figured it out, she was fine.

For Shore’s Celia Shemory and Ella Gerst in singles two and three, respectively, both girls put the pressure on from the start of their matches and never let up. Shemory did a good job earning her match points, which made it harder for her opponent, Megan Strohecker, to gain control as the match entered the latter part of the first set and much of the second set.

For Gerst, she played her match like Shemory. Gerst let Shikellamy’s Sabrina Doebler earn two points in the first set, but ruled her out in the second set, winning both matches 6-2, 6-0, respectively.

“Celia (Shemory) and Ella (Gerst) are both so consistent,” Coach Dincher mentioned. “They are both very easy-going players. They just have great ball placement and they just make sure they get the last point at the end of the day.

In doubles, the games and sets got a little closer to start. Early on, both games started 2-1 in favor of the Bulldogs. For Anna Lanks and Jaymison Stellfox, the two did a good job of ball placement, putting Shikellamy in tough spots to return balls to the net. The two would go on to win the first set 6-1 for Shore.

In the second set, Lanks and Stellfox continued their pace from the first set. Both used their feet well to adapt to serves and communicated as the games progressed. With that, Lanks and Stellfox would take Game 2 6-0 and the day’s win.

In Breanna Porter and Rahel Hartman’s match, the two opened the match early. Porter and Hartman both did a good job of rallying to get better positioning when placed in tight spots. That would put them 4-1 up in the first set. Porter and Rahal would continue their teamwork and win the opener 6-1.

In the second set, both girls got off to a good start, leading 1-0 early on. Porter and Hartman would eventually go up 3-0, using their ability to hit the ball over the net to hard-to-reach spots for the Braves, helping them cement an early lead. But Shikellamy would keep fighting. The Braves would block the next two sets, taking one to make it 4-1. Eventually, the Bulldogs would grab the bottom two and win the game 6-1, 6-1, respectively.

“My doubles had an incredible offseason” said Coach Dincher. “It takes a whole team to win a game and they were spectacular. We’re looking forward to the second round with some of those doubles matches.

Given that this is the tenth game of the season for the Bulldogs — and they’ve won every game this season, whether it’s been close or not — teams are going to start contacting them. But that’s what’s going to make the mentality of the game a big part of Jersey Shore as the season goes on.

“We’re just taking one day at a time, we’re taking one point at a time and hopefully one game at a time,” concluded coach Dincher. “And we just think that if we all move forward, it will lead us to success.”

Jersey Shore 5 Shikellamy 0

SIMPLE

1. Peyton Dincher beats. Allie Minnier 6-2, 6-1; 2. Celia Shemory won. Megan Strohecker 6-1, 6-0; 3. Ella Gerst def. Sabrina Doebler 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLE

1. Rahel Hartman and Breanna Porter beat. Maggie Johnson and McKenzie Boyer 6-1, 6-2; 2. Anna Lanks and Jaymison Stellfox won. Dairelis Torres and Erica Leitzel 6-1, 6-0

Record: Jersey Shore 10-0

Next match: Wednesday at home against Saint John Neuman



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