Girls Varsity Tennis · High Hopes Despite Loss Against Plainfield


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After a three-win winning streak and a perfect week of tennis last week, the girls walked on to the courts today with a lot to be thankful for, and hopes for another good match against Plainfield at home. But, they also walked on with some hesitation, because Plainfield has been having a very successful season so far.

But that didn’t stop our girls. They put all they had into every game they played, and even though the girls experienced a 0-5 loss, it was a hopeful and respectable loss, something that Plainfield ended up being quite surprised to see in compared to previous years.

Decatur Central tennis is slowly making its way up, and people are starting to notice.

#1 singles junior Alex Sumpter had quite the match on her hands, playing against a newcomer to Plainfield and nationally ranked player, sophomore Jordan Pax. Sumpter put her heart into every game, and ended up matching up very well against her opponent, and despite a 0-6, 0-6 loss, the games had a lot of action in between, something that Sumpter was very thankful for to have learned. #2 singles junior Tori Heighton put her all into every point, and managed to find a lot of successful strides, but eventually ended up falling short to her opponent, Hannah Snider 1-6, 2-6. #3 singles Izzy Ison started off a bit slow and uncertain in her shots, but managed to walk away with a second set comeback to tie the match up. However, since the match had already been decided, the two ladies competed in a shorter 10-point tiebreak to decide the match. The girls had a lot of long rallies and eventually Ison fell short to her opponent Neyven Garal 3-6, 6-4, 0-1 (6-10).

Doubles too had a struggling night. #1 doubles duo Yennie Tran and Taylor O’Dell took to wide angle shots in the alleys and aggressive net play to take on their opponents Kiersten Martin and Emma Kessinger, but struggled to capitalize on finishing games and ended the night with a 3-6, 2-6 loss. Similarly, at #2 doubles, junior Samantha Schick and sophomore Lia Burton spent the first set working out some kinks in their strategy, but figured out a better rhythm as a pair in the second. Despite the 1-6, 0-6 loss to Plainfield’s Claire Harper and Camille Clark, the two walked away encouraged that they were able to gain some confidence in their shots and their doubles dynamic.

JV too had a struggling night, but there were by no means heads hanging low! Shoutout to our young doubles duo of Taryn Cook and Samantha Lopez for taking the team’s lone win! The girls continue to move forward, learning and growing and that’s all we could ever ask for!

The Lady Hawks tennis team has their second of three home matches on Wednesday night against Ben Davis! Come out and cheer on your Hawks in action!