Chisipite Senior School’s A and B Tennis teams continued a relatively strong showing against South African private school squads in the Private Schools’ Tournament hosted by Egalite in Sun City. The traveling B squad, composed of U16 and U15 players, have been particularly impressive, playing against older and more experienced A and B sides from the South African schools. B squad’s fourteen year old Georgia Allardice has showcased her emerging talent and a fighting spirit, winning against much older girls in her matches.
Tuesday’s matches were close with excellent tennis, but Chisipite A narrowly missed the mark with losing 3-4 to Cornwall Hill A, with Chisi B defeated 3-4 to Redhill A. Wednesday was an official rest day for Chisi A, who played a singles friendly against Brescia House A, winning 3 games to 2. Meanwhile Chisi B faced a a very challenging regulation match against the same side, losing 2-5 to Brescia A. A Team 4th seed Chelsea Campbell was woman of the match on Wednesday, playing a long and close game to win in the tie break.
Thursday Chisipite B squad outshone Holy Rosary B 5-2 in convincing sets. Both Allardice and Britney Inger won both their single and doubles matches to carry the team. Although the A team was defeated by Holy Rosary’s A side 2-5, Chisipite 1st Seed player Teagan Mortimer endured to defeat a strong opponent 8-6.
Sports Director Martha Banda told SSN she was pleased with the organized and well-run tournament and considered it great exposure for her student athletes: “The A side teams we have faced here have played a high standard of tennis that is important for our girls to experience. This year we brought a younger B team and they have gained confidence while holding their own versus senior opponents.”
The tournament concludes tomorrow with the girls returning well prepared to open a new tennis season in Zimbabwe.