Tennis (Girls): Varsity vs. Andover (4/27/22 4:00 PM)

Event Details

Deerfield Battles Andover on the Road

The ladies in green took the long ride out to Andover on Wednesday for an afternoon match with this perennial heavy-hitting squad. The match got off to a rocky start as an unexpected rainstorm blew through and forced the teams to head indoors. After a second warm-up, doubles play started. Deerfield’s varsity girls found themselves in a hotly contested fight from the start. These matches all featured fast, smart, and gutsy tennis. The first doubles team pulled off a comeback and sealed their win 9-7. Second doubles pairing, Sanders and Waterfall, held off an eleventh-hour effort from their Andover competitors to earn DA its second point of the day, 8-6.

Singles featured more top-flight exchanges. Daphne Gavros overcame an early deficit to put Deerfield on the board again with a convincing 8-4 win. Isha Rao extended her unbeaten streak at one singles with a dominant 8-3 performance.

The match ended up tied 4-4 as the girls entered a fourth hour of play! Natalia Sanders orchestrated a methodical comeback after falling behind 1-4. Eventually tying and taking the lead, Natalia showed her teammates what grit and patience can do. Credit goes to Andover’s number two singles player who ultimately won this contest in a tie breaker.

The team turns its attention to a home match with visiting Hotchkiss on Saturday.

Individual Results:


  1. Rao/ Pulliam, W 9-7
  2. Sanders/ Waterfall, W 8-6
  3. Gavros/ Brooker, L 4-8

Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1


  1. Isha Rao, W 8-3
  2. Natalia Sanders, L 8-8 (4-7)
  3. Hunter Pulliam, L 4-8
  4. Olivia Waterfall, L 4-8
  5. Daphne Gavros, W 8-4
  6. Avery Brooker, L 5-8