Lady Raiders Fall In Reversal Of First Greenwood Match
The LDHS Lady Raider Tennis team battled Greenwood late into the night, only to fall 2-5 in a reversal of the Raiders’ 5-2 victory earlier in the season.
The Raiders picked up wins at numbers three and four, played a match tie breaker at #2 doubles and a set tiebreaker at #1 doubles but fell short of the Eagles. “We beat them 5-2 earlier this season,” Raider Coach David Corley said. “The teams are a perfect match, and it took us four match tie breaks to beat them. It’s hard to pull that off twice.”
#3 Brittany Horner took her first set 6-4, but she lost the second 1-6, forcing the 10-point match tie breaker. Horner and Abby Burkshorn exchanged points until Horner pulled ahead 11-9 to take the match.
Raider #4 Kathleen Horner took a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win over Abby Lay. Horner stayed behind the baseline in the entire match. The pair rallied, hitting stroke after stroke – each point lasting 10 or more strokes.
#1 Sara Kalyn Croker lost to Kristin White (4-6, 1-6) in a repeat score from the pair’s earlier match. White hit the ball low with back spin, drawing Croker up to the net, only to then drive the ball cross court or over Croker’s head.
#2 Rebecca Corley lost a 3-6, 2-6 match toGreenwood’s Sydney Danks. The pair, having battled three times in the past year, played strong points, each driving the other around the court. “Rebecca had beaten Sydney in their previous three meetings, but each time it was close. They’ve both gotten better and better. Sydney’s serve is a hard spin. Rebecca’s backhand whipped cross court. They have both played well in their rivalry,” Coach Corley said.
White and Danks combined to take the #1 doubles win 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 over Croker and Corley. The four had played to a match tie break in their first meeting, and swapped point for point in Thursday’s meeting.
#5 Ellen Young dropped the first set 0-6 and managed only two in the second (2-6) with Sarah Whittington. Young had won the pair’s first meeting in a 10-3 match tie break.
#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Moriah Campbell went up a set (7-5) before losing the second 3-6 and falling 8-10 in the tiebreak loss. “#2 doubles was the high point of tonight’s match,” Coach Corley said. “You could see the improvement our girls have made. They hit great shots, got to the ball, volleyed well. I’m proud of their loss. They fought hard to be that close.”
The Raiders go on the road Tuesday to play Easley and play Hanna at home Thursday.
Contributed by Coach Corley.