Lady Raiders Fall in Last Regular Season Tennis Match

10/11/12

Lady Raiders Play-off Hopes Weakened: Hillcrest Takes Win 

The LDHS Lady Raider Tennis team traveled to Hillcrest Thursday night with hopes of a fourth-place region finish and an assured play-off spot, but the team fell 2-5, dropping to fifth in the region and placing them in the mix for an at-large fifth-place play-off bid. 

“We’re really not sure how the play-offs will fall out.  There will be two #5s in the bracket, but I’m not sure how we’ll stand,” Coach David Corley said.  “Once the regions meet, we may have a spot, but the loss cost us our guarantee.” 

The Raiders picked up wins at number 4 and #1 doubles. 

#4 Kathleen Horner played to a match tiebreak win over Madison Carver.  Horner jumped to a 6-1 first-set advantage before Carver began battling back.  Horner dropped the second set 3-6 but won the match tiebreaker 10-7. 

#1 doubles Sara Kalyn Croker and Rebecca Corley added the only other win of the night 6-2, 6-2 over Katie Tuten and Lauren Kelly.  “We were glad to get the final win of the night.  Even in loss, we want to move forward.  This may have been Rebecca’s [senior Rebecca Corley] last match.  The girls wanted this win, and they took it.” 

#1 Sara Kalyn Croker versus Katie Tuten 4-6, 6-2, 10-12

#2 Rebecca Corley versus Ashley Hodge 3-6, 3-6

#3 Brittany Horner 4-6, 3-6 versus Lauren Mickle

#4 Kathleen Horner versus Madison Carver 6-1, 3-6, 10-7

#5 Ellen Young versus Lauren Kelly 0-6, 2-6

#2 Doubles Bailey Rush and Moriah Campbell versus Christen Crawford and Courtney Tucker 4-6, 1-6

#1 Sara Kalyn Croker and Rebecca Corley versus Katie Tuten and Lauren Kelly 6-2, 6-2

Contributed by Coach David Corley.