One week after defeating St. Thomas More, 4-1, the Indian River varsity girls’ tennis team had the script flipped, as Caesar Rodney easily defeated the Indians, 4-1, on April 8.
The Lady Indians have had a tough go of it so far this season, playing two tough tennis schools — Stephen Decatur and Caesar Rodney — so early in the season. Despite the bleak start, a bright spot has shown through: second-ranked doubles players Jessica Garcia and Kara Roach (senior and sophomore, respectively).
Garcia and Roach were the benefactors of their team’s only victory in the loss to Caesar Rodney. They defeated their opponents 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 2-1, which improves their record to team-high 3-2 on the season.
“It was a great victory for the girls, because they had to fight back to get the win. It was really exciting,” said Head Coach Elizabeth Tiffany.
Communication, hard work and a little fun seem to be the recipe for the success of Indian River’s second-ranked doubles team.
“The girls have such good attitude, and they really enjoy playing with each other,” said Tiffany.
With the wins come some losses, but that’s OK, according to Tiffany.
“The girls are still struggling a bit, but they continue to work hard. This is only Kara’s first year playing tennis, so she is still working on her serve. They recognize what their opponents are doing, and they know where they want to put the ball. But they are still working on those skills,” said Tiffany.
Though Roach is starting from the bottom, teammate Garcia has noticed remarkable improvement since she began playing. “She has really improved her backhand. The backhand was her worst part of her game and now it’s her best. Generally she will play on that part of the court to use her backhand,” said Garcia.
An individual victory is great, but winning as a team is even better. Unfortunately, the remainder of the team didn’t have the same success.
First, second and third-ranked singles players Jackie Powers, Jessica Hazzard and Laura Walter all lost their matches in consecutive sets. Powers’ and Hazzard’s record drops to 2-3 on the season, while Walter sinks to 1-4. The first-ranked doubles duo of Alison and Erica Evan got shut out, 6-0, 6-0.
The 1-4 Lady Indians travel to Lake Forest on April 18 and host Cape Henlopen in an expected tough match-up two days later, on April 20.