QUINCY -- It's not lost on Quincy High School's Olivia Clayton or Quincy Notre Dame's Clair Moore that they're both sophomores playing as the No. 1 singles players for their schools.
"We both really hard for what we have," Moore said. "You have to play a lot and be consistent. Freshman year, I was No. 3, but I still had to work hard for it. It wasn't just handed to me."
They also expected Monday to be the start of a budding friendly rivalry between them.
"It means we'll be playing each other a lot more over the next several years," said Clayton, who's in her second season as Quincy High School's No. 1 singles player. "We've known each other for a while. We'll see what happens."
Clayton got the best of Moore in their first meeting as top singles players, winning 6-3, 6-2 to help QHS beat QND 7-2 Monday night at the Greeman Tennis Center in Reservoir Park.
Preventing Moore from breaking her on the second set was vital. After dropping the first game to Moore, Clayton rallied to take a 3-2 advantage in the second set. Moore, however, led 40-15 and was a point away from breaking Clayton tie the set at 3.
"Usually when I'm down like that, I just keep trying to get the ball in," Clayton said. "(Moore) is really consistent, so I just had to keep hitting strong shots back at her."
Clayton did that, and Moore made an unforced error that helped Clayton win the game. She didn't drop a game after that.
"I don't think that was a deciding factor," Moore said. "Even when it was 5-2, I still thought I had it. I just made a lot of unforced errors."
It was the boost Clayton needed to seal the match. She used a variety of shots, including a drop shot, to score points.
"That's something I've experimented more with this season," Clayton said. "I'm seeing improvements in my game."
Moore once tried a drop shot, only for Clayton to race toward the net and return the ball back for a point. All Moore could do was yell, ĎAre you serious?' in frustration.
"It was a great shot she made," Moore said.
QHS won four other singles matches.
Natalia Fasano won at No. 3 over Abigal Ley 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). At No. 4, Sami Santon defeated Claudia Beebe 6-2, 6-4. Callie Nicholas defeated Ali Tracy 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5. Chaney Wollaston beat Jamie Steinkamp 4-6, 6-3 (10-8) at No. 6.
QND's lone singles victory came when Emily Vonderheide defeated Isabella Trinh 3-6, 6-4 (10-4) at No. 2.
QHS won two doubles matches. Clayton and Trinh defeated Moore and Vonderheide 6-3, 3-6 (14-12), while Fasano and Nicholas defeated Beebe and Tracy 4-6, 6-4 (10-5).
QND's Ley and Steinkamp beat Wollaston and Santos 7-6, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles
Quincy High School 7, Quincy Notre Dame 2
Olivia Clayton (QHS) d. Clair Moore 6-3, 6-2
Emily Vonderheide (QND) d. Isabella Trinh 3-6, 6-4 (10-4)
Natalia Fasano (QHS) d. Abigail Ley 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
Sami Santos (QHS) d. Claudia Beebe 6-2, 6-4
Callie Nicholas (QHS) d. Ali Tracy 6-4, 6-2
Chaney Wollaston (QHS) d. Jamie Steinkamp 4-6, 6-3 (10-8)
Clayton/Trinh d. Moore/Vonderheide 6-3, 3-6 (14-12)
Fasano/Nicholas d. Beebe/Tracy 4-6, 6-4 (10-5)
Ley/Steinkamp d. Wollaston/Santos 7-6, 6-3