Tennis - Varsity Girls
Matt Cory -- Head Coach | EMAIL
Coach Cory is a certified USPTA Elite Professional with more than 22 years of teaching experience. He formerly served at Providence Plantation Racquet & Swim Club as the head teaching pro and director of developmental programming for both juniors and adults. Cory also has extensive experience as a director of tournaments, camps, clinics and developmental programming for the City of Tallahassee, FL as well as at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center in Williamsburg, VA. He holds Level-1 coaching certifications from the USPTA, RPT and USTA that will enhance the growth and development of the Lions’ tennis program. Coach Cory joined the CDS coaching staff in 2019.
Tennis - Varsity Girls
Match Recap 10/7/2019 vs Charlotte Country Day
Our Lions defeated the Bucs on Tuesday, 6-3. Lions won 2 of 3 doubles lines, and 4 of the 6 singles lines. Lines 3 through 6 all were playing up one line due to the illness of our usual #3 singles player. Players overcame some adversity on the court, and again showed great perseverance and determination.
Match Recap 10/3/2019 vs Charlotte Christian
The Lady Lions lost a heartbreaker to Charlotte Christian, 4-5. The Lions put forth their best effort of the season, showing dogged determination at all lines. Coach Cory was very proud of the girls.
#1 Margaret Carlton/Lilly McNally (CC) def Meredith Strause /Delaney Martin (CDS) def 8-2; #2 Maddie Cochrane/Lane Donathan (CDS) def Savanah Perry/ Sophia Ferrel(CC) 8-3; #3 Vivian Yang/Lara Crosby(CC) def Caroline Huitt/Viktoria McCue (CDS) 8-5
Singles: #1 Carlton (CC) Def Martin (CDS) 6-1, 6-0; #2 Perry (CC) def Donathan (CDS) 7-5, 6-4; #3 McNally (CC) def Strause (CDS) 6-2, 7-6; #4 McCue (CDS) def Yang (CC) 5-7, 4-4 ret ; #5 Cochrane (CDS) Def Crosby (CC) 6-2, 6-3; #6 Danielle Ketner (CDS) Def Farrell (CC) 6-2, 6-1
Match Recap 9/27/2019 vs Wesleyan Christian
Our Lions dominated Wesleyan Christian. It was a match that wasn’t very challenging, but it was nice for the girls to have a lighter match after a very competitive week.
Doubles: #1 Meredith Strause /Delaney Martin (CDS) def McLean Redmond/Gracie LeFever (WC) 8-2; #2 Maddie Cochrane/Lane Donathan (CDS) def MacKenzie Gilliat/Lauren Brodeur (WC) 8-2; #3 Caroline Huitt/Viktoria McCue (CDS) def Katie Bullins/Isabella Heinbach (WC) 8-6
Singles: #1 Martin (Cds) def Redmond (WC) 6-3, 6-2; #2 Donathan (CDS) Def Gilliat (WS) 6-1, 6-0; #3 Strause (CDS) def LeFever (WC) 6-1, 6-2; #4 McCue (WC) def Brodeur (WC) 6-2, 6-0; #5 Cochrane (CDS) def Heinbach (WC) 6-2, 6-0; #6 Danielle Ketner (CDS) def Bullins (WC) 6-0, 6-2
Match Recap 9/26/2019 vs Providence Day School
The Lady Lions lost a heartbreaker to Providence Day. After falling behind 2-1 after doubles, Providence Day extended their lead to 3-1 with a win at #1 singles. The Lions won #6 singles to close the score to 3-2. Providence Day then pulled ahead 4-2 with a win at #4 singles. CDS tied the match at 4-4 after wins at #3 and #5 singles in match tiebreaks. Providence Day closed the match out in a very tight match at #2 singles, 10-8 in a match tiebreaker. The Lions once again showed great perseverance and determination in clawing their way back into contention. Lions are now 4-4 on the season.
Doubles: # 1 Michelle Yang/Molly Kerrigan (PD) def Delaney Martin/ Meredith Strause (CDS) 8-2; #2 Maddie Cochrane/Lane Donathan (CDS) def Christine Schumer/Paula Sampaio(PD) 8-3; # 3 Annie Odom/ Shivanjali Bhasin (PD) def Caroline Huitt/ Viktoria McCue (CDS) 8-6
Singles: #1 Yang (PD) def Martin (CDS) 6-3, 6-0; #2 Kerrigan (PD) def Donathan (CDS) 7-5, 3-6, 10-8; #3 Strause (CDS) def Kelsey Caldwell (PD) 6-2, 5-7, 10-5; #4 Sampaio (PD) def McCue (CDS) 6-2, 6-2 # 5 Cochrane (CDS) def Schumer (PD) 3-6, 6-1, 10-7; #6 Danielle Ketner (CDS) def Odom (PD) 6-0, 6-1
Match Recap 9/24/2019 vs Cannon School
The Lions showed tremendous perseverance and determination in their 5-4 win against the Cougars of Cannon School. We started slowly, and fell behind in the match 1-2 after doubles, with the lone victory coming in at line 2. In singles, the Lions fought to stay in the match after the Cougars notched a win at #1 singles. The Lions narrowed the gap to 2-3, with a win at #3 singles in a match tiebreak, before Cannon extended their lead with a win at #2 singles. With the score sitting at 2-4, the Lions then swept lines 4,5 and 6 to take a 5-4 victory! The deciding match was played at #5 singles, as Maddie Cochrane dug deep to take out her opponent, 7-6, 7-6. To a person, the Lions demonstrated grit, mental and emotional toughness, and teamwork, in order to win a very competitive match against a very good team.
Doubles: #1: Madison Kirby/ Gabby Holloway (CS) def Delaney Martin/Meredith Strause (CDS) 8-1; #2 Maddie Cochrane/Lane Donathan (CDS) def Aliviz Calabrase/Georgia McKey (CS) 8-3; #3 Taylor McGibbon/Mia Bichler (CS) def Caroline Huitt/Viktoria McCue (CDS) 8-1
Match Recap 9/19 vs Charlotte Country Day
Our Lady Lions defeated Charlotte Country Day 8-1. For the first time in conference competition this season, the team won all three doubles lines. The girls dominated the Bucs throughout, winning all sets. Meredith Strause was forced to retire in her line #1 singles match with a shoulder injury, but fought for every point until the pain was overwhelming. The girls showed tremendous improvement from the previous match, and the previous week! Great win for the Lions! The team will travel to Cannon School on Tuesday, 9/24 for a 4:15 match.
Doubles: #1 Meredith Strause /Delaney Martin (CDS) vs Linde Fonville/McLean Sandusky (CCDS) W 8-4; #2 Maddie Cochrane/Lane Donathan (CDS) vs Julia McDonnell/Sutker (CCDS) W 8-4; #3 Caroline Huitt/Viktoria McCue (CDS) vs Tenley Hippensteel/Sarah Swank ( CCDS) W 9-7
Singles: #1 Martin (CDS) vs Fonville (CCDS) L 5-0 ret (injury); #2 Strause (CDS) vs Sandusky (CCDS) W 7-5, 6-3; #3 Donathan (CDS) vs Hippensteel (CCDS) W 6-2 6-0; #4 McCue (CDS) vs Swank (CCDS) W 6-0, 6-1; #5 Cochrane (CDS) vs Lulu Sasz (CCDS) W 6-2, 6-1; #6 Danielle Ketner (CDS) vs McDonnell (CCDS) 6-3, 6-0
Match Recap 9/17/2019 vs Weddington HS
The Lions took a loss to Weddington HS on a Wednesday afternoon at the CDS courts. After losing two close doubles matches at lines one and two, the team headed into singles down 0-3. Despite the initial setback, the Lions fought hard to claim three of the six singles lines, winning at 1, 2 and 4. The girls demonstrated great heart in the face of disappointment and pushed themselves through to the final point. Our Lions showed tremendous improvement in their doubles play though the scoreline didn't fully reflect it. The team will face CISAA opponent, Charlotte Country Day tomorrow afternoon at 4:15 on the CDS courts.
Doubles: #1 Meredith Strause /Delaney Martin (CDS) vs Rita Vassa/Maddie Wasulko (W) L 8-6; #2 Maddie Cochrane/Lane Donathan (CDS) vs Hailey Kimner/Ashley Price (W) L 9-8; #3 Caroline Huitt/Viktoria McCue (CDS) vs Paige Huben/Roma Spera (W) L 8-3
Singles: #1 Martin (CDS) vs Vassa (W) W 6-3, 7-5; #2 Strause (CDS) vs Kimner (W) W 4-6, 6-2, 10-8; #3 Donathan (CDS) vs Wasulko (W) L 6-7, 6-3, 10-2; #4 McCue (CDS) vs Huben (W) W 6-1, 0-6, 10-7; #5 Cochrane (CDS) vs Price (W) L 6-1, 6-3; #6 Danielle Ketner (CDS) vs Spera (W) L 6-0, 7-5
Match Recap 9/12/2019 vs Charlotte Latin
On a very hot Thursday afternoon, the Varsity Lions traveled to Charlotte Latin for their second conference matchup of the season. After tremendous effort, our girls came up short against the Hawks with a final result of 3-6 . Our #3 doubles team played with great chemistry in winning a very tight match. Unfortunately, the #1 and #2 doubles lines were overmatched on the day.
In singles play, Viktoria McCue at #4 and Danielle Ketner at line 6 were able to win with strong showings. Delaney Martin (#1) and Lane Donathan (#3) lost their matches, but fought to the end and the quality was closer than what the score indicated. Despite the loss, everyone gave great effort, and played with enthusiasm and determination.
Doubles: #1 Nina Lavelle/ Chloe Floyd (CL) def Delaney Martin/Meredith Strause (CDS) 8-3; #2 Kate Coppage/Samantha DeWiere (CL) def Lane Donathan/Maddie Cochrane (CDS) 8-1; #3 Caroline Huitt/Viktoria McCue (CDS) def Mayer Fisher/Camille Darwish (CL) 8-6
Singles: #1 Coppage (CL) def Martin (CDS) 6-2, 6-3; #2 Lavelle (CL) def Strause (CDS) 6-0, 6-0; #3 Floyd (CL) def Donathan (CDS) 6-1, 6-3; #4 McCue (CDS) def Fisher (CL) 6-4, 6-4; #5 DeWiere (CL) def Cochrane (CDS) 6-2, 6-3; #6 Danielle Ketner (CDS) def Isabela Troni (CL) 6-0, 6-4
Match Recap 9/10/2019 vs Providence Day
The Lions fell to Providence Day, in a very close battle that came down to #4 singles deciding the match at 7:30pm. The Lions fell behind 1-2 after doubles, each match with paper thin margins. Our #1 doubles lost six deciding points in their 9-7 loss, #2 doubles pulled out a very tight match 8-5, and #3 doubles fell 7-9 in another close match with many deuce points not going the Lions' way.The Lions split the singles with Providence Day. In the oppressively hot conditions, our girls were extremely fatigued following the doubles play and the first set of their respective singles matches. Despite the sluggishness, all singles players fought hard in their matches and left it on the court. Lions had wins at #3, #5, and #6. With a little more focus on smart, tactical doubles and a bit more match play, the Lions will work toward a different result in their next matchup with Providence Day. Our girls will take the courts again on Thursday, 9/12, as they host Charlotte Latin at 4:15 p.m.
Doubles: #1 Delaney/Meredith (CDS) vs Michelle Yang/Kelsey Caldwell (PD) L 9-7; #2 Lane/ Maddie (CDS) vs Molly Kerrigan/Christine Schumer (PD) 8-5 W; #3 Viktoria/ Caroline Huitt (CDS) vs Annie Odom/Shivanjali Bhasin (PD) 9-7 L
Singles: #1 Delaney Martin (CDS) vs Michelle Yang (PD) L 6-2, 6-1; #2 Meredith Strause (CDS) vs Molly Kerrigan (PD) L 6-1, 6-2; #3 Lane Donathan (CDS) vs Kelsey Caldwell (PD) W 6-2, 6-0; #4 Viktoria McCue (CDS) vs Paula Sampaio (PD) L 6-2 7-6; #5 Maddie Cochrane (CDS) vs Christine Schumer (PD) W 6-2, 6-4; #6 Danielle Ketner (CD) vs Annie Odom (PD) 7-6, 6-1 W.
Match Recap 8/28/2019 vs Greensboro Day School
In their first match of the new season, the Lady Lions overcame paralyzing nerves in singles, and players at lines 2, 3, and 4 showed tremendous perseverance. Lane Donathan surged ahead in her second set of singles despite cramping, which turned severe and forced her to retire. Meredith Strause and Viktoria McCue both came out flat and nervous, dropping their first sets 6-2. After settling in and finding fortitude, they found a way to pull out match tiebreakers, with Viktoria saving 3 match points before finishing for the win. Delaney Martin and Meredith Strause at 1st doubles, pulled out their match 9-7 despite falling behind early, 4-1. Delaney Martin and Maddie Cochrane at lines 1 and 6 singles respectively, won easily to help the Lions to a 5-4 victory.
Singles: #1 Delaney Martin (CDS) def Kendall Barr 3-0, ret.#2 Tenley Barr def Lane Donothan (CDS) 7-5, 4-5, ret, #3 Meredith Strause (CDS) def Merrit Korbus 2-6, 6-2, 11-9, #4 Viktoria McCue (CDS) def Greta Anderson 2-6, 7-5, 13-11, #5 Caroline Doss def Danielle Ketner (CDS) 6-1, 6-2, #6 Maddie Cochrane (CDS) def Caroline Rainoseck 6-0, 6-1
Doubles: #1 Martin/Strause (CDS) def T Barr/Korbus 9-7, #2 Anderson/Doss def Cochrane/McCue (CDS) 8-6, #3 Hanes Robinson/Lauren L def Emery Pikel/Caroline Huitt (CDS) 8-4