LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston girls tennis team rebounded from a tough loss with a game of firsts on Wednesday that ended a 5-0 victory over Nutley.
“Today was nice because a lot of girls who don’t normally play got a chance to participate and play a varsity match and they did great,” said head coach Elliot Lovi.
The Lancers saw an impressive performance from junior Olivia Kim, who collected her first ever singles victory with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over her opponent on Thursday.
“They are excited about it,” said Lovi. “It’s a big thing; I call it their Wimbledon.”
At the doubles grouping, Livingston saw two newcomers make a significant impact on the game. Sasha Vaysman and Kylie Gorsky each took part in a victory at the first and second doubles spots with their respective partners, Julia Benjamin and Amanda Hershkin.
“That’s always fun to see,” said Lovi.
Stepping up into the top singles spot on the day was senior Emma Conforti, who was dominant with a 6-0, 6-1 straight-set victory. Conforti improves to 11-3 on the season in her head-to-head matches.
“[Conforti] has played a lot of first singles matches,” said Lovi. “She’s competitive. She’s had some nice wins.”
Conforti stepped into the top singles spot on Wednesday in favor of Valencia Xu, who used this as a day off. Xu, a fantastic new addition to the Lancers squad, has been unbeaten in seven head-to-head matches this season.
“[Xu] is on another level because she is very talented and a great kid,” said Lovi.
Brielle Schwartz rounded out the perfect afternoon for Livingston with a 6-0 and 6-1 victory. Schwartz answered the challenge of her coach after a few tough matches with the victory that improved her record to 6-8 on the season.
“[Schwartz] took care of business today,” said Lovi.
The Lancers, who improved to 11-3 with Wednesday’s team victory, have seemingly hit their stride, winning four of their last six games and taking home the Essex County Championship title in the process.
“We have to be very focused as a team,” said Lovi of how the team will continue to improve.
Livingston will look to continue to roll onward with a match against Montclair on Thursday.