BACKSWING: Ararat’s Genevieve Bush prepares for a forehand return during her match against Crowlands on Saturday. Picture: Peter PickeringArarat has jumped into top spot after it defeated Crowlands by 21 games in round nine of the Ararat and District Tennis Association in Ararat on Saturday.
The home team only dropped four sets on its way to the 89 to 68 game win.
The men’s doubles was a one-sided affair with Ararat winning all four sets.
Crowlands could only manage 13 games from the four sets with Doug Newbury and Steve Jardine top-scoring with four games in their set against Alex Drosg and Kaiden Walton.
Claire Harrick and Genevieve Bush won the first set in the women’s doubles 9-1 to continue Ararat’s dominance.
The visitors clicked into gear after that and took the remaining three sets win 28-19 andforce the issue into the deciding mixed doubles match-ups.
The first set went to Ararat before Keith Boatman and Kate Vance got the quick reply with a 9-7 win in the second set to level the set scores.
Ararat won the third set beforeSonny Walton and Kayla Stuchbree won the final set 9-6 to give Ararat the overall win and the top spot.
The win moves Ararat six points clear of Crowlands at the top of the ladder going into the Christmas break with 80 points and a substantial sets and games advantage.
Landsborough continued its winning form after it recorded a 92-65 win against Elmhurst on Friday night.
The home side got off to a strong start winning all four men’s doubles sets.
Elmhurst struggled to get going early with Neil Murray and Jenny Trengove getting the closest to a win with a 7-9 loss in the final set.
The women’s doubles was when Elmhurst made its move.
Sally Roberts and Mel Murnane got Elmhurst on the winners list straight away with a 9-1 win before Simone Bullock and Tayla Lembo struck back for Landsborough to level it at one set a piece.
Elmhurst continued to play attacking strokes and picked up the remaining two sets to go into the mixed doubles only two sets down.
Landsborough’s Scott Carey and Jess Mackley won the first mixed doubles set by just a single game against Mal Boatman and Roberts.
From there the home team ran away with the match after winning the remaining three sets to win the mixed doubles 36 games to 22.
The home side collected eight points from the match and has moved to within six points of Buangor in fourth place.
Buangor had a bye in round nine to finish their year early.
Players will now take a break over the holiday period.
The Ararat and District Tennis Association will resume on January 28.
Crowlands will host Landsborough while Buangor travels to Elmhurst.
Ararat will have an extended break due to having a bye.
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