By Gregg A. Sims
Washington Times Herald
Three of the five varsity matches went to three sets at Lena Dunn Elementary School courts before South Knox defeated Washington, 4-1, in girls’ tennis Tuesday.
And while constant, strong winds from the south made playing difficult for both teams, it was the Spartans who were able to hold on.
“The wind blew really strong the entire time,” Washington coach Kevin Stallman said. “It was a good experience for our girls to get out and play in these conditions. You have to be able to go in any conditions. The only thing you can do is try to play your best.” With the courts running south to north, the winds, estimated at close to 20 miles-per-hour, changed strategies for both sides depending upon playing with, or against, the breeze.
“As the match progressed, I thought we did better job with it,” Stallman said. “It was just experience for our girls, and we’ve got to get just a little more concentration in these times.” Two of the three-set wins recorded by the Spartans came after the visitors won the opening set.
At first doubles, Audra Stallman-Rachel Chattin fell in the opening set to Spartans Alyssa Koby-Cassie Rehwald, 7-5. The doubles team rebounded for a 6-4 win in the second set before Koby-Rehwald won the third, 6-3.
The second doubles was similar with Laurel Webb-Haven McBride topping Kayla Mercer-Megan Arnold 7-5 in the first set. The Hatchets won the second, 6-4, but fell in the third, 6-3.
At second singles, Washington’s Chelsea Brown of Washington defeated South Knox’s Megan Burch, 6-3, in the opening set. But Burch rallied to win the final two sets, 6-4 and 6-3.
Both first and third singles were decided in two sets.
Washington’s Audrey Rogers got Washington’s point with a 6-4, 7-5 third-singles decision. At first singles, Bailey Dillon of South Knox topped Britney Pierson, 6-1, 6-0.
“I thought the girls played hard,” Stallman said. “Three of the four points South Knox won were in three sets. We just weren’t able to get some those big wins to pull out a win.” Junior varsity match winners in singles for Washington included: Amber Showalter, 8-7; Arieanna Chestnut, 6-1; Haven Lunsford, 6-3, and Kelly Aldrich, 6-2.
Rebecca Guthrie and Jacie Fields won in doubles, 6-1.
“This gave us a good place to start,” Stallman said. “South Knox is a team that we could play in the sectional. We’ll continue to work and try to improve.”