It was a John Denver kind of day, and the sunshine was definitely shining on the Lady Indians varsity tennis team as they breezed through St. Thomas More, 4-1, on April 5 for their first victory of the season. That improved their record to 1-2.
The win came an opportune time as the Lady Indians’ squad had time to recuperate and mentally prepare over the holiday break.
“It was good we were off during the Easter break, because some of the girls were battling colds and they were able to get well and compete very well,” said head coach Elizabeth Tiffany.
The Lady Indians first-ranked singles player, senior Jackie Powers, cruised past St. Thomas’s No. 1 player, 6-2, 6-0, to improve to 2-1 on the season.
“I was serving really well, and I was getting good consistent placement on my shots. I was able to keep her running around and off-balance a lot,” said Powers.
Second-ranked singles player, senior Jessica Hazzard, defeated St. Thomas’ Georgia Ashin, 6-3, 7-5, as she improved her record to 2-1. Third-ranked singles player, junior Laura Walters, notched her first victory of the season as she defeated Molly Vaughn, 7-5, 6-0.
“Laura was ecstatic with her win. She had only played three sets once and lost, but she kept her focus to get the win,” said Tiffany.
The Lady Indians first-ranked doubles tandem of Alison and Erica Evans (senior and sophomore, respectively) fell 0-6, 1-6. Second-ranked doubles players Jessica Garcia and Kara Roach (senior and sophomore, respectively) won their match, 8-6, 6-8, 6-4.
Garcia and Roach have leapt out to an early team-high 3-0 record thus far this season. The duo’s consistency may prove to be a stabilizing factor as the team plays more and is put in a position to win more matches.
The Lady Indians were set to put their skills to the test over the next two weeks as they traveled to No. 8 Caesar Rodney on April 7 and head to Dover on April 12, hoping they can surprise the tennis giants and steal a win or two.