WCHS tennis teams net wins at Livingston
Posted By Sparta Live | March 28, 2012 12:00 am
The White County High School tennis teams returned to action Tuesday at Livingston and came home with wins in tow by both the Warriors and Warriorettes.
The Warriors improved to 3-0 on the season with a 5-3 win over the Wildcats. The Warriorettes also took the 5-3 victory and are now 2-1 on the young season.
Livingston Academy came into the match riding the momentum of a win over Friendship Christian in their last outing and was looking to ride that to a win over WCHS. The Warriors made sure that didn’t happen.
The match began with singles taking the courts first.
Crockett Sewell, who opened at the number one spot for WCHS, dropped a very tough 6-8 match. Caleb Winton, playing one of his best matches of the season, logged an 8-5 win at the #2 spot.
Playing in the number three spot, Jonathan Griffin fell behind 3-0 early, but battled back and made things interesting before dropping the 6-8 decision. Austin Holman, at #4, continued his steady play and logged the 9-8 (7-4) tiebreak win.
Through four singles matches, the two teams were knotted at two wins each.
Dylan Pryor rolled to an 8-0 win in the #5 spot. Connor Hale faced off against a tough returning varsity player in the #6 spot and battled back from an 0-3 deficit to take the 9-7 win.
WCHS held a 4-2 lead going into the two doubles matches.
After rather smooth sailing the singles matches, drama took center stage for the start of the doubles matches.
Winton and Griffin teamed up in the number one doubles spot and had to overcome controversy, but rolled to the 8-1 win.
Coach Nicole Delaney commented, “There was some controversy in their match and line judges were called. As soon as the coaches stepped onto the court, Jonathan and Caleb proved why they are so tough at #1 doubles, and despite controversy, regained their composure and took an 8-1 victory. I was proud of these two for not allowing accusations to overtake them and played at the top of their game. They deserved the win.”
Sewell/Holman rolled to an 8-0 victory in the number two doubles spot putting the finishing touches on the match and keeping the Warriors undefeated as a team on the season.
Delaney continued, “It was a true team effort for the guys. Austin Holman has really come through big in his matches this year. Dylan Pryor has been unstoppable in the number five spot.”
The Warriorettes began with a pair of losses against some experienced Livingston girls.
Cheyanna Jones suffered a tough 3-8 loss at #1 and Jinya Brown was defeated 2-8 in the second spot.
Freshman Sarah Ward played the number three spot for the first time and started out down 0-5, then trailed 1-6.
Delaney explained the rest of the match, “Sarah and I had a conversation about simply moving to every single ball and keeping everything in play. I talked to her about staying up on her toes and never standing still. If she made an effort for every ball, then I would be happy about her effort. The next thing I know Sarah has won four games in a row and then goes on to take a 9-7 victory. This was the come back of the night, I was extremely proud of her.”
Lacee Hitchcock and Hailey Roberts played the five and six spots and were in control of their matches the entire time.
Delaney added, “Lacee and Hailey are such competitors and so composed on the court. They each won 8-0 and I could not be more pleased with what I have seen in these two through each match.”
Cassidy Bumbalough played the number six singles spot and coasted to an 8-1 victory to put the Warriorettes up 4-2 after completing singles play.
Brown/Jones played the same tandem they took on in singles.
Delaney continued, “I asked the girls to improve their communication and look for areas to excel and improve as they played. Jinya and Cheyanna did an excellent job of stepping up their game and I liked what I saw in their doubles match. They held their own with a 6-8 loss, but really played with poise and maturity.”
At two doubles, Hitchcock and Roberts help their opponents scoreless in doubles as well with an 8-0 win.
Delaney concluded, “I was very pleased with my girls tonight. They did not allow lack of experience to stand in their way. They all looked like the varsity tennis team that they are.”
The tennis team will return to action Thursday when they host Van Buren County at 3:30 p.m.