The team of Marrenah, Millie, Florence, Mia and Sophie went to Harlow on the weekend of 1st and 2nd May for the U14 Girls County. They had a tough group of Herts, Essex and Suffolk.
On the Saturday, Cambs started against a very strong Herts team. Despite a great fighting spirit, we lost all 4 singles and both doubles to go down 6-0. Marrenah and Florence played very well in the doubles and came close to a victory but couldn’t quite get us one. Essex was up next, with just the singles to play on the Saturday. Mia, Florence and Millie lost their singles with their opponents playing superbly, however Marrenah played superbly at number 1 to give us our first victory and keep us in the match going into Sunday and the doubles.
So, 3-1 down on Sunday with the doubles to go, Florence and Millie lost the first set but quickly won the second and then proceeded to go 9-2 down in the deciding match tiebreak, however stayed calm and won 9 points in a row to claim an 11-9 victory and keep us fighting! On the other court, Marrenah and Sophie played really well and levelled the match at 3-3 to give us a shootout. Marrenah and Millie stepped up and won a close shootout to give us a 4-3 victory, a great comeback from 3-1 down on Saturday.
The last match was against Suffolk with plenty local rivalry. Millie, Florence and Marrenah all lost the first set in their singles, but all fought back and took it to a deciding 3rd set. Millie battled really hard winning a second set tiebreak 10-8 to give her the deciding set. All 3 went on to win and give us 3-1 lead after the singles. We only need 1 doubles to win and Millie and Marrenah stepped up, again losing the first set but fighting back to take the second set. The match tiebreak was very up and down and got to 9-9 before the girls calmly put their chances away to win 11-9 (our 7th match tiebreak win in a row!) and gives us 2nd place overall.
Well done to the whole team, everyone contributed important victories when we needed them!
You can view the full results here.
Jon Rademeyer, 14U Girls Captain