After a tough loss against Plainfield on Monday, the girls were itching for another change to take a win on home turf. But some unexpected changes in lineups due to last minute absences on account of physical issues and medical appointments led to a very uncertain outcome for the Lady Hawks tennis team.
But thankfully, the girls were able to show that anything is possible and despite the doubts you can still walk away victorious, clinching a close 3-2 win against the Ben Davis Giants at home.
Ben Davis shows proved to be formidable competition at the singles level. #1 singles junior Alex Sumpter and #2 singles junior Tori Heighton struggled to keep pace against their opponents on the other side of the net, though both fought admirably. Sumpter played many long rallies against Ben Davis’ Mckenzie Murff, but ended up dropping a quick two set loss 1-6, 1-6. Heighton also fought through some last-minute leg issues to take on Jaeden Christner from Ben Davis but also struggled to stay in every point, and eventually injuries won out and Christner walked away with a 6-2, 6-0 finish, bringing Ben Davis to a 2-0 lead over the Hawks.
But that’s where the points ended, something that very few people saw coming.
First to take a point was sophomore Izzy Ison at #3 singles. After a tough loss against Plainfield in a third set tiebreak, Ison was ready to bounce back, and bounce back she did. Ison spent a lot of time rallying long hard points with her opponent, Megan Hernly, and was able to pull away by forcing errors on Hernly, walking off the court with a 6-1, 6-1 finish and the first point for Decatur.
#2 doubles duo “Slam” junior Samantha Schick and sophomore Lia Burton also managed to pull away from their Ben Davis opponents. “Slam” has been developing a really good chemistry and a system to their dynamic, and tonight that work paid off. Lots of good cross court action and some great put away points at the net brought Schick and Burton a 6-3, 6-2 win over Britney Bautista and Ashley Koffi, as well as Decatur’s second point to tie the match 2-2.
And then the moment of truth arrived.
Due to last minute changes to the doubles lineup, junior Yennie Tran had to sit out today because of schedule conflicts. And after some hard decisions junior Isabelle Glenn stepped back up to the varsity courts to take her place. And at first, her and her partner junior Taylor O’Dell struggled to find a rhythm. After dropping the first set 1-6, the girls had some things to figure out.
And figure it out they did.
After working out some kinks, the girls were able to take an early 2-1 lead. Following that was a 3-2 changeover. Then, the girls stayed on serve and took another break to make it a 5-2 lead. And, following that, a 6-3 set to force a third set. The girls were in the driver’s seat. And the momentum continued to gain. With solid alley shots and aggressive net play (not to mention both girls keeping serve), Glenn and O’Dell walked away defeating their opponents Diana Sanchez and Katie Klemann 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, as well as clinching a 3-2 varsity win over the giants, bringing the team their fourth win of the season.
The JV also managed to walk away with their second team win of the season, taking a 4-3 win over the Giants. Highlights were wins at doubles from Samantha Lopez and Taryn Cook, Mackenzie Morris and Michiah Draper, and first wins from freshmen Kayle Serrano and Emma Rutar!
It was a photo finish of a night, and a well deserved win for all.
The next match for the ladies will be tomorrow night at home against Martinsville (weather permitting). Come out and join your Hawks!