AVON LAKE — Avon Lake’s hopes for a fifth straight outright Southwestern Conference girls tennis championship took a severe blow when Brecksville bested the Shoregals 3-2 in the teams’ only dual meeting of the season on Monday.
The two teams tied for the SWC’s tournament championship on Saturday and knew that Monday’s winner would be in the driver’s seat for the outright championship.
“Brecksville juggled its lineup on us, especially stacking the doubles matches,” said Avon Lake coach Rich Mostardi. “I’m not sure that they were allowed to do that. I do know that we had to go with what had been our lineups up to the tournament on Saturday. I guess it’s just a matter of our dual meet being scheduled after the tournament.
“We had our chances but were unlucky. We made too many unforced errors. Our chances for that fifth title apparently are lost. We could have won but didn’t.
“The big points caught us. But I’m still very proud of my girls.”
The Bees are now in 5-0 in SWC action, while the Shoregals are 4-1, with each team having two more duals to play.
Nikki Chiricosta and Maddie Shanko won the first and third singles matches in straight sets.
SINGLES: Nikki Chiricosta (AL) def. Bonamer 6-3, 6-2; Griffin (B) def. Jessica Began 6-1, 6-1; Maddie Shanko (AL) def. Punturungsi 6-2, 6-2.
DOUBLES: Sullivan-R. Hanna (B) def. Cassie Simmelink-Jenna Goedde 6-2, 6-4. E. Hanna-Williams (B) def. Molly Clayton-Kate Began 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.