Hornets upend Caseys

Hornets upend Caseys

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Hornets upend Caseys

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Wednesday afternoon saw the Shore’s top two outfits, Holmdel and Red Bank Catholic, tango on the Hornets’ home court with a firm foothold atop the stacked Class A Central at stake, and what’s more, conference supremacy on the line.

Coming off of consecutive losses to the Caseys, the second of which in the 2011 Shore Conference Tournament, there was more riding on this early season showdown than Hornets Coach Chuck Celednik let on.

“Some things went our way today,” explained Celednik after his team’s 4-1 victory. “I’m sure it’ll end up closer next time [we] see them. And we will at least one more time in divisional play, and I’m sure we’ll see them again in the Shore Conference Tournament, and again in the Monmouth County Tournament.”

“Their girls know mine,” he continued, “and mine know theirs very well, so, the matches are just a matter of which team comes out, hustles, and plays the best at that moment.”

The top singles showcase featured the latest chapter in a rivalry between Red Bank Catholic’s fiery leader, Rocine Moschella, and the Hornets’ Katie McKay, with the audience ultimately watching the showdown cut short in the second set.

Both squadron’s big guns battled through the least ideal conditions as the former played with a sore shoulder suffered in Moschella’s Monday afternoon outing against Manasquan’s Abby Duddy, which ended in a 6-4, 6-1 loss to the Warriors catalyst. The injury hindered the senior’s forehand abilities and eventually forced the competitor to retire early.

“I think this injury is due to repetition of incorrect technique, during training” admitted Moschella. “I felt a little twinge today that I don’t think is serious, but it didn’t feel any better as the match went on and we didn’t want to take any chances…I don’t think it’s serious though.”

Meanwhile, Katie McKay, who was leading 6-3, 3-2 at the time of her counterpart’s withdrawal, clashed with an equally sore mental state after a slow start to this 2012 campaign in which the senior dropped early matches to the likes of Duddy, as well as three nonconference opponents at last weekend’s Moorestown Invitational.

“It feels great to finally get the first one,” said McKay. “Especially after this weekend where I went up against two former state champions, that was tough, but this feels good.

“Rocine and I both played second singles last year, so we’ve faced each other a lot, and it feels good to finally beat her. The injury default lessens the win a little bit, I would have liked to finish it out, but I’ll take it.”

In need of a confidence boosting performance, McKay views this win as just that and said she hopes to build upon the victory moving forward.

“This is definitely a confidence booster. I started to become more assured about my shot selections and hit the ball harder as the match went on. So, I’m really looking forward to getting back out there and playing the rest of these matches.”

McKay will have her shot with four consecutive a nondivisional match against Marlboro and three Class A Central showdowns in the next seven days against such programs as Rumson-Fair Haven, Monmouth and St. John Vianney.

The Lone bright spot for the Caseys came off the racket of Jenna Pellegrino whose second singles victory over Alicia Lai came by scores of 6-2 and 6-3. Red Bank Catholic is back to the grind with four consecutive divisional meetings against Monmouth, St. John Vianney, Rumson-Fair Haven and Shore.

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