The Mid-State conference, when it comes to tennis, is quite solid. And for years the girls have struggled to walk away with much momentum after the three-part tournament concludes. The conference is filled with good, competitive tennis that often requires a lot of grit and hard work to capitalize on. And despite rough weather the first round and some less than desirable outcomes early on, the Lady Hawks tennis team had a lot to be proud of.
For the first time in a long while, the girls were able to walk away higher in the rankings than ever before. And, in doing so, every position on the team was able to take at least one win and place on the board in all five positions. For the girls, the tournament was more of a highlight than a setback.
After three long days of tennis, a couple of minor injuries, some rough weather, a couple of broken strings and a broken racquet, the girls walked away tied for 6th place in the conference, one point shy of stealing fifth place from Mooresville. #1 singles Alex Sumpter dropped the first two matches of the tournament, but winning the last match to take seventh place and a point for the Hawks. #2 singles Tori Heighton too dropped the first two and won the third for a seventh place finish and the second point for the Hawks. #3 singles Izzy Ison, who was Decatur’s one seeded position struggled to fight in some rough wind during her first match, but was able to bounce back and win her second two matches to take 5th place and 3 points for Decatur.
Doubles also fought well despite tough conditions. #1 doubles Yennie Tran and Taylor O’Dell “Yaylor” lost their first match but were able to swing back with two back-to-back wins to also take 5th place and 4 points for the team. #2 doubles Samantha Schick and Lia Burton “Slam” walked away with a first round win that placed them in the upper bracket and a chance at the championship. However, their second match was a bit tougher and they dropped in straight sets. Finally, they dropped their third match to Mooresville in a straight set battle to take 4th place for Decatur, as well as 5 more points, bringing the grand total to 14 and a tie for 6th place with Martinsville, a major improvement from the previous year.
The girls walked away encouraged, but also hungry. Hungry to improve and make adjustments to prove that they have what it takes. And the other teams in the conference have been noticing the momentum.
The Lady Hawks play their next match at Lutheran in the first round of the Marion County Tournament. Come out and support your Lady Hawks!