Viera girls tennis now 9-0 after beating Covenant Christian
Viera High senior Leeya Jomon won her match at No. 1 singles to help the Hawks defeat Covenant Christian 5-2 in a non-district match on Monday.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Monday was a big day for several members of the Viera High girls tennis team.
Sophomores Megan Howkins and Alanis Chlon and freshmen Zoey Stanley and Leena Payet saw their first action of the season as the Hawks defeated visiting Covenant Christian 5-2 in a non-district match played under windy conditions.
The win improved Viera’s record to 9-0 on the season and first-year coach Shelly Rousseau couldn’t be happier with the way the Hawks have been playing this season.
That included Monday’s performance.
“Definitely,” she said. “There’s a couple (of players) out here who have never even played a match before. Tennis is the one sport where you don’t have a JV or a ninth-grade team.
“This is just awesome to see some of these ninth graders come out and do well. To get the opportunity to be out on the court is important.”
With top singles players Amanda Sedaros, Emily Li, Shanesse Rodriguez and Blakely Duke sitting this match out, the Hawks turned to senior Leeya Jomon to play at the No. 1 spot. Sophomore Morgan Bentley, who had never played tennis before this season, had the No. 2 spot.
Jomon won her match with Covenant Christian’s Nikki Palijug 8-5 in a pro set scoring format.
Howkins, meanwhile, defeated Kristian Durham 8-3 at No. 3 singles and Payet beat Alessia Abollo 8-2 at the No. 4 spot. Viera’s Dianna Johnson won her No. 5 singles match by forfeit.
The Hawks also scored a win in No. 2 doubles when Chlon and Stanley took out Durham and Abollo 8-6.