Raiders Travel to Clover, Fall in Opening Round of 4-A Play-offs
The LDHS Lady Raider Tennis Team fell to Clover High School in the opening round of the state play-offs Tuesday night but played well in the loss and established a basis for next year’s season.
“Last year we traveled to J L Mann and played well. This year Mann came to our region and pushed us down in the rankings, but our loss tonight, like last year, showed us that we can compete with these teams. Everyone picked up at least a game against a pretty dominant team. Clover has won titles at 3-A and competes every year, but we proved tonight that we can play, and with three straight play-off bids behind us, we have hope for the future,” Coach David Corley said.
#1 Sara Kalyn Croker fell 0-6, 1-6 to Kate Stewart. Stewart’s serve dominated the first set, but Croker adjusted and began to play close games, picking up one in the second and forcing Steward to many deuces.
#2 Rebecca Corley and #4 Kathleen Horner both picked up two games in their losses. Corley stood at 2-3 early in the match before falling 2-6, 0-6 to Harriet Hall. Horner scored a game in each set (1-6, 1-6), but forced Elizabeth Edmunds to long rallies.
#3 Brittany Horner lost to Caroline Hester 0-6, 0-6, and #5 Ellen Young fell 1-6, 0-6 to Corey Brom.
Both doubles lost their matches with one game win. #1 doubles Sara Kalyn Croker and Rebecca Corley lost a 1-8 pro-set match to Clover’s #1 and 2. Bailey Rush and Moriah Campbell lost 0-6, 1-6 to Anna Miszkiewicz and Merritt Miller.
The Raiders finished their third straight trip to the play-offs with a loss on which they can build, though, according to Coach Corley. “I hope the girls saw that they could compete with these girls. It wasn’t a blow-out. We were in each point and picked up some games. Next year, the bar goes higher. We believe we can reach it.”
Contributed by Coach Corley