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Women’s tennis: Holy Cross edges out Watertown in battle for undefeated NVL

The Holy Cross High women’s tennis team played four matches over the past two days. The last of those four games, which took place on Thursday afternoon in Watertown, featured a battle of undefeated NVL teams.
Holy Cross won those four games, including a 4-3 win over Watertown at Crestbrook Park.
The Crusaders improved to 13-0 in NVL and 13-1 overall.
The Warriors fell to 13-1 in NVL and 13-2 overall.
“I give the girls all the credit for holding on and playing four games in two days,” Holy Cross coach Christopher Sutton said on Thursday night. “They certainly went above and beyond the call of duty.”
Holy Cross started its Thursday with a home game against Kennedy. The Crusaders won that game, 5-2, then traveled to Crestbrook for the game against the Warriors. Watertown had beaten Wolcott, 4-3, earlier in the day.
“Everyone was a nervous wreck. Watertown has a lot of people cheering them on,” Sutton said, describing the atmosphere in Crestbrook.
Holy Cross and Watertown split the singles matches, 2-2. Michaela Bell (8-1) and Ella Mancini (8-1) won at No. 1 and 2 in singles for the Crusaders while Vanessa Cipriano (8-4) and Anesa Xhena (8-3) picked up wins at the No. 3 and 4 singles for the Warriors.
When Jayme Erdtmann and Rachel Honegger secured an 8-4 doubles No. 1 win, Holy Cross took a 3-2 lead in the game.
Doubles match #3 was the next to end, and CC Bunlue and Caitlyn Colletti won the match for the Crusaders with an 8-2 win.
The Warrior tandem of Emalyn Osborne and Charlotte Manalo cruised to an 8-6 win at the No. 2 doubles to end the tag team match.
Sutton, in her sixth year coaching the girls at Holy Cross, beat Watertown for the first time.
The doubleheaders aren’t over yet for the Crusaders. Holy Cross plays two at Seymour next Monday.
The NVL team tournament is scheduled to start the next day.