After two incredibly long nights of late three set matches to decide the fate of the team on the road against Mooresville and Pike, the Lady Hawks tennis team were looking forward to another home court advantage against Lutheran. But not only that, the girls were looking for a chance to get a three-peat, a perfect streak of back-to-back-to-back matches that ended in a win for the Hawks, an opportunity that this young team has not had the chance to do in many years.
And after yet another long afternoon of battles and also another three set match, the girls were able to walk away with not only their third win overall this season with a 4-1 over Lutheran, but also their third in three straight days (one of which being Decatur’s biggest rival in the Mid-State Conference, Mooresville), something that hasn’t happened in years!
All spots fought admirably, and almost all ended with great results and a lot of numbers being thrown up on the board. Despite windy conditions, the Lady Hawks tennis team were able to fight off Mother Nature’s distractions and bring out the best tennis we’ve seen all week.
#1 singles junior Alex Sumpter faced off against Lutheran’s Maddie Awrey with long rallies and a lot of power, but was unable to capitalize on the first few games. Eventually, after quite a comback in both sets, Sumpter dropped in straight sets 3-6, 4-6, giving Lutheran their one and only point for the night.
The first point for Decatur came from #1 Doubles duo junior Yennie Tran and junior Taylor O’Dell. The girls were competing for their own personal three day streak, after bringing down Mooresville in a three set comeback Tuesday and a two set takedown against Pike Wednesday. With quick points and aggression, “Yaylor” managed to defeat Lutheran’s Julia Peterson and Haley Harris 6-0, 6-1.
The second point came from #3 singles sophomore Izzy Ison, who has been on a roll this season, defeating Lutheran’s Alexis Skojac in straight sets 6-3, 6-0, bringing her fifth win of the season overall.
#2 singles junior Tori Heighton had quite a night on her hands. After fighting off Pike’s two singles player last night in a three set thriller to get Decatur’s third point to win, she was feeling the effects of such a long match the night before. However, the fight in her spirit remained, and she was able to take down Lutheran’s Elise Miller in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 and clinch Decatur’s third point of the night, ensuring a Lady Hawk three-peat for the week.
The last point of the night came from #2 doubles duo junior Samantha Schick and sophomore Lia Burton. After winning the first set, Schick and Burton struggled to keep the momentum in the second set and ended up forcing a third set against their opponents. But, after a bit of regrouping and some adjustments to net play and playing to the wind, “Slam” ended up pulling out four straight games after being down 2-3 to defeat Lutheran’s Mollie Graham and Jocey Sneed 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
JV also had a massive personal best as well, bringing home their first team win of the night 5-4 as well as being able celebrate many personal bests and first wins. Highlights include first wins for junior Isabelle Glenn (8-4), junior Olivia Ohern (6-0), freshman Hayley Sisk (6-1) and freshman Lilli Kennedy (6-0).
Tonight’s match was the icing on the cake of a beautiful week of tennis for the Lady Hawks, and we’re hoping the momentum continues to build for such an enthusiastic young team filled with a lot of potential! The next match for the Lady Hawks tennis team will be home against Plainfield on Monday. Come out and support your Hawks!