Wednesday, March 13, 2024

D'Evelyn vs Bear Creek V2 - 3/12/2024

D'Evelyn girls tennis has a big squad this year.  Being no cut, 11 girls were selected for varsity, 11 will play in V2 matches and the remaining girls will make up the junior varsity squad.

The V2 team faced off against Bear Creek on Tuesday, March 12.  My daughter and her friend Abby were the D3 pairing.  Apparently, a team is made of of S1, S2, S3, D1, D2, D3 and D4 with S1 being the strongest singles player and D4 being the weakest double pair.  That way matches are more even for the participants.

The girls arrived and starting warming up between 3:30 and 3:45 PM.  Introductions were made around 4:00 PM and then players started warming up with their opponents.  On the (4) courts, S1, S2, S3 and D1 got underway around 4:15 PM.  D2, D3 and D4 were waiting in the wings for courts to free up.  D3 started around 5:45 PM and wrapped up around 7:15 PM.

D3 played well winning the first set 6-1 and the second set 7-6 in a tie break.  The tie break rules confused me a bit, but the idea is team 1 serves the first point, then team 2 serves 2 point, then team 1 serves the next 2 points until somebody wins by 2 point.  I think the tie break finished at 7-5.  My daughter said that it was getting harder to see the ball as it got dark.

As a spectator, I learned to bring a chair and extra warm clothes.  As evening settles in Colorado in March it is nice to have a hat, gloves and a thermos of coffee.  The players should take similar cues by having proper warm-ups and even hand warmers.

I also learned that I want to start keeping stats.  I downloaded a few off of the internet and will start out pretty simple with serves, forehand winners/errors, backhand winners/errors etc.

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