DuBOIS — The DuBois girls tennis team celebrated Senior Night in style Tuesday evening with a 5-2 win over visiting Johnsonburg.
DuBois honored its seven seniors — Alexa Alker, Amber Corbeil, Shawna Cryster, Kassandra Dawson, Gabrielle Henrichs, Haley McAninch, Kaycee Vanchure — prior to the match. Then, all seven seniors hit the court and factored heavily in their Senior Night victory, with six of the honorees winning at least once.
Alker, McAninch and Henrichs all scored singles wins, as DuBois took three of the four singles matchups. Cryster and Dawson teamed up to win at No. 3 doubles — the first doubles match played — with their 8-1 triumph over Rachel Buhite and Ana Arthurs sealing the overall victory for the Lady Beavers.
Corbeil, who dropped her singles contest at No. 4, paired up with sophomore Alex Volpe to record an 8-1 over Ramettes Alexandra Hodgdon and Madison Amacher at No. 2 doubles to collect DuBois’ final “W.” Volpe was the lone underclassman to play on the day.
“We got all of our seniors in for their senior night,” said DuBois coach Jenna Kirk. “This group of seniors have been so much fun to work with and watch grow over the past four years. They should all be extremely proud of how far they’ve come since their freshmen year.”
Alker moved up to play at No. 1 singles and upended Johnsonburg’s top player, Casie Cook, 6-1, 6-0, while Henrichs won by the same score at No. 3 singles over Amacher. In between, McAninch bested Anna Cristini, 6-2, 6-1, at second singles.
“Alexa and Haley have been in our singles lineup for a while, but they moved up to one and two today and they both stepped up to the challenge and played very well,” said Kirk. “This was Gabby’s second singles match and she showed so much improvement even since her last singles match. She moved her opponent around and wasn’t afraid to go for her shots.”
Johnsonburg picked up its first win of the day at No. 4 singles, where Chloe Trumbull topped Corbeil, 6-2, 7-5.
“Amber played her first singles match, and she played her heart out,” said Kirk. “She has come so far since her freshmen year, and we are all so proud of her for playing as hard as she did today.”
The Ramettes also earned a win at No. 1 doubles, as Cook and Cristinia teamed up to beat to pull out a hard-fought 8-6 victory over Henrichs and Vanchure.
“Gabby and Kaycee lost a tough match at first doubles,” said Kirk. “They’ve always worked very well together. Amber and Alex and Shawna and Kassy both had strong wins at two and three (doubles).”
DuBois returns to action Thursday at Bradford.