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Fluvanna Sports in Review 5/6
May 13, 2019
On May 6, the varsity girls beat Powhatan at home 1-0. “We battled hard and played with high intensity the whole game and possessed the ball well. This season, I feel the team enjoys each other’s company, and as the season has gone by and we all want to get better each day, we’re at practice and help each other get better,” said junior MaryAnn Chittenden.
Varsity traveled to Powhatan on May 6, where they tied 1-1. “It was frustrating that we couldn’t convert in the second half and overtime,” said senior Finn McLaughlin. Team Captain Kamden Shepard shared the same sentiments, saying “It was a very physical game. We played well, but we just couldn’t finish opportunities.” The JV team also traveled to Powhatan on May 6. They played hard throughout the game, but fell short and lost 1-3.
Continuing an overall winning season, the Lady Flucos traveled to Louisa on May 6 to take on the Lions. The girls played well and came up with the win, beating Louisa 7-2. Due to only having three courts, the Flucos played doubles first and swept them 3-0 with wins from doubles teams senior Adora Gamage and junior Sarah White, freshman Anja Bajs and sophomore Nika Ackenbom, and senior Lydiah Napier and sophomore Molli White. “It required a lot of endurance, especially in Adora [Gamage] and Sarah [White’s] doubles match. It went to a tiebreaker, so they had lots of sets to play, and there was a lot of suspense watching them,” said senior Saige Patchett.
The girls then took on Powhatan at home on May 7. This was Senior Night for the Lady Fluco and, although they fought hard, they ended up losing 3-6. Gamage said she felt the overall team played well. “Although we lost, there were several really close matches. We just couldn’t close it out,” she said. The girls are 7-6 overall as they prepared for their next match against Albermarle..
Hosting the Louisa on May 6 for Senior Night, the Flucos came up with a win, beating the Lions 5-4. “It was very suspenseful because our win was dependent on the first two doubles matches,” said Team Captain Eugene Chow. The Flucos then traveled to Powhatan on May 7 where they played hard, but lost 1-8. Head Coach Mitchell Pace said the team has improved a lot from last year, winning three matches compared to one match last season. Pace credited part of the improvement to Chow, as well as key players junior Caleb Buglia and sophomore Billy Ruffa.
The Lady Flucos claimed a win at Louisa on May 7, with the 4×8 team, 4×4 team, and 300 hurdler team all qualifying for Regionals. The team finished second overall as they moved on to prepare for the Fluco Invitational on May 10.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team saw a major success that day. Although some of the 4×4 team rested, the boys managed to qualify for States. They needed to shave two-tenths of a second off for their time to qualify, but managed to scratch off 2.6 seconds. “I’m very proud of our team’s work ethic. Everyone on the team wants to be better each and every single day,” said Senior Jared Newman.
As their tough season continued, the varsity Lady Flucos’ game against Powhatan on May 7 ended in a 3-20 loss. “We did well in the first half, but fell behind in the second half. It was Senior Night and players lost focus on the game,” said Senior Sadie Conner.
As for boys’ varsity, their May 7 home game against Powhatan ended in defeat. With a close match all the way up to halftime, the opposing team took the lead, ending the game with a score of 9-12. “I think we’re improving. We’ve been improving. I think we just need to keep on doing what we’re doing and at the end of the season we’ll be in a good spot,” said senior Ethan Vernatter. The next game for the boys will be on May 14 away at Western.
The JV team lost their game against Greene on May 6 during the eighth inning with a score of 7-8. Sophomore Nathan Dieter pitched. The team suffered another loss at Powhatan, 0-4, on their May 7 game with sophomore Pierson Barnabei pitching.
The Varsity team took on Powhatan at their May 7 game and went onto to claim a solid win with a score of 10-0. Junior Kevin Ward threw a no-hitter, senior Chris Critzer scored two home runs, and junior Andrew Ward took a single home run.
On May 7, the Varsity girls played at Powhatan and lost 0-6. They had two double plays and “had a much better game this time against Powhatan than the last time,” said senior and cather Gracie Walton.