Lady Raiders Take 5-2 Victory Over New Region Foe Hillcrest
The LDHS Lady Raider Tennis team picked up its fifth region win in a rain make-up match at the City Courts Monday night.
The Raiders picked up wins at numbers one, two, four, five, and #1 doubles.
Raider #1 Sara Kalyn Croker got off the courts first, taking a 6-1, 6-0 win over Katie Tuten. Croker played the baseline, keeping the ball in play and forcing errors from the Hillcrest player.
#5 Ellen Young played her best match of the year, defeating Lauren Kelly 6-1, 6-1. “All year Ellen has been close – one hit behind, one step late – but tonight she played like I see at practice – full out. Ellen hustles to get every ball; tonight she eliminated the mistakes from her own game and forced Kelly to make the shot to get the point,” Raider Coach David Corley said.
#2 Rebecca Corley defeated Ashley Hodge 7-6 (7-1), 6-4. After going up early, Corley struggled to hit her forehand, dropping balls into the net and allowing Hodge back into the set. After a first-set tiebreak, Corley got ahead and stayed ahead by playing consistent tennis and making Hodge play good shots to get points.
#3 Brittany Horner fell to Lauren Mickle 4-6, 1-6. Mickle played consistent ground strokes while Horner struggled to find her game. “Some nights it’s hard to find your game, and that’s whereBrittanyfound herself tonight,” Coach Corley said. “She played close and even gained the lead at times, but then her shots failed her. She’ll bounce back.”
#4 Kathleen Horner played to a third-set tiebreak win over Madison Carver. Carver jumped to a 6-3 first-set advantage before Horner began battling back. Horner overcame a series of unforced errors to take the second set 7-5 and the match tiebreaker 13-11.
#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Moriah Campbell went up in both sets before losing 5-7, 5-7. “We kept hitting the ball straight to the girl at the net,” Corley said. “Once we got ahead, we failed to keep our momentum.”
#1 doubles added the final win of the night 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) over Katie Tuten and Lauren Kelly. “Our wins weren’t pretty tonight,” Coach Corley said. “I think the weekend off hurt us. There was no consistency, no drive to win. We’ll need to take it up a notch when we face them again.”
The Raiders go on the road both Tuesday and Thursday for region play against Westside and Greenwood. The travel to Greenwood is a change in the Raider schedule.
Contributed by Coach Corley