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Highlanders finish perfect with win over Cards



Heathwood Hall No . 4 Sophie Hughes reaches for a forehand in her match agai nst Ca rdi nal Ne wm an’s Isa be l Camp s.

Heathwood Hall No . 4 Sophie Hughes reaches for a forehand in her match against Cardinal Newman’s Isabel Camps.

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The Heathwood Hall Highlanders clinched a SCISA Region I-4A title last week with a win over Hammond. Then they finished region play with a perfect 8-0 record by edging the visiting Cardinal Newman Cardinals 5-4 Tuesday, September 27.

Adair Wood got the Highlanders on the board first downing Cardinal No. 5 Addy Mustian 6-0, 6-0.

Heathwood Hall No. 6 Julia Claire Cooke followed with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Taylor Laubacker.

The Cardinals fought back with Caroline Timmons’s 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles over Mary Frances Iseman. Timmons used a couple of forehand winners, an ace, and a crosscourt drop volley to take the final game.

Heathwood Hall No. 4 Sophie Hughes then finished off Isabel Camps with a backhand lob taking her match 6-4, 6-0 to give the Highlanders a 3-1 lead.

Cardinal Newman No. 2 Ella Fallaw cut that deficit to 3-2 beating Maddie Clary 6-4, 6-3. Fallaw made a leaping backhand overhead volley to win the first set.

Heathwood Hall No. 3 Abby Mullins finished singles play with a running forehand crosscourt volley to down Madeleine Thoma 6-4, 6-3 and give the Highlanders a 4-2 advantage going into doubles play.

He at hwo od Hall No. 5 Adair Wo od leap s for a backhand return in her matc h agai nst Cardina l Ne wman’s Addy Mustian .

Heathwood Hall No. 5 Adair Wood leaps for a backhand return in her match against Cardinal Newman’s Addy Mustian .

Doubles play has been a challenge for Heathwood this year, and head coach Nick Gaffos said he couldn’t remember using the same combination of players all season. To make matters worse, he was forced to remake his lineup when one of his doubles players had to leave early.

Cardinal Newman head coach Jim Hinson’s doubles teams are a work in progress as well. He believes the region is pretty evenly matched, and doubles could be the deciding factor—if not for first place then spots three through four and beyond.

His No. 1 team of Timmons and Thoma beat Clary and Mullins 6-3, 6-0 to cut Heathwood’s lead to 4-3.

However, Hughes and Wood put the match away for the Highlanders winning 7-5, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles over Mustian and Laubacker. Hughes’s crosscourt forehand winner gave them a 6-5 lead in that tight first set. Wood got a running forehand volley to clinch the set. Mustian and Laubacker took the first game of the second set, but it was all Highlanders after that.

Card ina l New ma n No. 1 Ca rol ine Tim mons chip savolley inhermatchagain stHeath - wood Hall’s Ma ry Fran ces Isema n.

Cardinal Newman No. 1 Caroline Timmons chips a volley in her match against Heathwood Hall’s Mary Frances Iseman.

Cardinal Newman’s Fallaw and Camps beat Iseman and Cooke 6-3, 6- 4 at No. 2 doubles to conclude the match.

Cardinal Newman No. 2 Ella Fallaw jumps for a back- hand ove rh ead winn er against Heath- wood Hall’s Ma ddie Clary.

Cardinal Newman No. 2 Ella Fallaw jumps for a back- hand overhead winner against Heathwood Hall’s Maddie Clary.

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