Girls Varsity Tennis · Long Match Ends in Nail-Biting 3-2 Victory Against Pike

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After a successful first win against Mooresville Tuesday for the first time in many years, the girls were looking to continue the streak against Pike on the road.

And after a slight late start and a three hour match, the girls were able to pull it a nail-biting 3-2 victory against the Red Devils after a lot of back and forth, thanks to a lot of grit and mental toughness on their part.

Point number one came from #1 doubles duo Yennie Tran and Taylor O’Dell. A lot of consistency and aggressive groundstroke passing shots brought down the Red Devils in a graceful 6-3, 6-1 victory to start the night off for the Hawks. But, Pike answered back with a strike at their first point. At #1 singles, Alex Sumpter rallied long and hard, but eventually dropped her match 0-6, 1-6 to a very respectable opponent, bringing the score to 1-1.

Next point scored came from #3 singles. Sophomore Izzy Ison has been spending a lot of time working on keeping herself grounded and in every point. And after a long first set, she was able to close out a 7-5 clincher and find her groove in the second set. With a lot of rallies and a very equal mental stamina, Ison was able to take the Hawks second point with a 7-5, 6-1 finish.

But Pike answered back to tie up the score. After a rough first set, #2 doubles Samantha Schick and Lia Burton were eager to find the groove and start anew, something they would later achieve by forcing a second set tiebreak to try and tie up the match. However, the pair struggled to connect tiebreak points and ended dropping the second set and the match to the Red Devils 3-6, 6-7 (1-7).

The match of the night came down to #2 singles. After a long first set, junior Tori Heighton started to feel some aches and pains that she hadn’t experienced yet this season. And after a 6-4 win in the first, she quickly started to fade and struggle with keeping a rhythm, dropping the second set and forcing a third. And after a long changeover, with visits from trainers and lots of breathing and stretching exercises, the third set began.

And it was a thrilling finish to the night for the Hawks, something that no one saw coming. The two girls were neck and neck, never being more than one game ahead of the other. And it came down to a 6-5 changeover, with Heighton on serve to take the win. And after a lot of deuces to try and make the game end, Heighton was able to force an error on her opponent, and she took the final win of the night for the Hawks over the Red Devils 6-4, 1-6, 7-5! It was truly a spectacle filled with a lot of patience and mental toughness! And both paid off admirably!

JV also had a more colorful night, with some milestones happening as well! Despite a 2-5 loss, some personal bests were achieved. Sophomore exchange student Nuria Koestner Gento took her first win of the night at singles 8-5, and the freshmen duo Taryn Cook and Samantha Lopez took a 8-3 win at doubles!

The girls have so much to be proud of, but there’s still so much more tennis to be had! Great job lady Hawks tennis!