Very close, almost and maybe next time, is the best way to describe the Indian River varsity girl’s tennis team’s match versus Smyrna on March 22. The win came down to the first doubles team, but the Lady Indians were unable to get over the hump.
Having lost the first set 4-6, Erica and Alison Evans (sophomore and senior, respectively) played hard in the second set and eventually tying it up at six all. “Having tied the set up, the girls went to a 12-point tie breaker, but lost that 5-7,” said head coach Elizabeth Tiffany.
Jessica Garcia and Kara Roach (senior and sophomore, respectively) of Indian River’s second doubles team started out hot, winning the first set, 6-4, but dropped consecutive sets, losing 3-6 and 4-6.
“Even though we lost some girls, we still have some strong intermediate players that were able to help us get the win,” said Smyrna head coach Stephanie Young.
Though there were disappointing losses for the doubles teams, the singles teams fared much better — winning two of the three matches.
First singles player, senior Jackie Powers, coasted to victory over Smyrna’s Ashley Willis, 6-4 and 6-1. Second singles player-senior Jessica Hazzard downed Tori Rucker in two sets, winning 6-1 and 6-2.
Third singles player, junior Laura Walter, lost her match to Pam Watson in the final two sets. Walter won the first set 6-3, but fell 0-6 in the second set and 4-6 in the finale.
“Right now I have to work on my forehand — I kind have a twisting motion,” said Walter. “This is my third year, and I have noticed improvement from last year, but the most important thing is that I’m having fun.”
Despite losing their first match, Tiffany expects to have a fighting chance versus Seaford on March 24.
“Seaford is a tough team with a lot of experience. They play all winter long and they have a special coach come in just to teach them to serve,” said Tiffany. “I hope to take first and second singles and if our doubles teams improve, then we’ll have a shot to win the match.”