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Victoria meets its match at cup in WA

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May 05, 2017

Steffi McDonald, Jasmin Starr and Shepparton's Olivia Quigley have been in good touch, but their Victorian side fell 11 games short of Western Australia at the Pizzey Cup yesterday

Victoria has finally suffered its first loss at the Pizzey Cup after a brilliant start to the competition at the Shepparton Lawn Tennis Club.

The 18-and-under School Sport Australia competition is nearing its end with two days remaining in the week-long tournament.

The Victoria side, which features Shepparton’s Olivia Quigley, met its match against Western Australia yesterday.

But it was by no means a walkover for the Sandgropers, although they claimed seven more sets than the home side.

Victoria won eight of the 18 rubbers, falling 11 games short of victory.

Quigley lined up against Luna Jokanovic, but with the talented player one of the most highly rated in the competition it was tough going for the Victorian.

Quigley lost the first set 6-2 before producing a more rounded performance in the second set, although defeated 6-4.

Wednesday’s action told a different story with Victoria simply outstanding against ACT.

The Victorians did not allow their opposition to win a single set across the morning as the Vics gathered wins in all 30 sets contested.

Quigley was superb against Annika Wise steaming to a 6-0, 6-1 win before backing up her performance in the doubles.

Teaming up with Gabriella Ioannou in the girls doubles, the duo did not let slip a game during the set.

Running concurrently is the Tennis Australia Cup Singles Championships, with each player contesting the team’s event also having a chance at individual glory.

While Quigley lost the opening encounter of the singles tournament against Western Australian Lexie Weir, one of her team-mates remains in the competition.

Victoria’s Jasmin Starr is in the running for the title, taking on NSW’s Monique Burton in tomorrow’s final.

The Victorian side lines up against Queensland today before facing nine-time reigning champion NSW on tomorrow’s final day of competition.

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