It was Senior Night at the Community Park courts and as it is almost every year, Xenia was the opponent. And as it is almost every year, the match came down to the wire, as the sun dipped behind the trees to the west. In the end, it was a junior, #3 singles player Alyssa Carter who pulled out an extremely close win to clinch the Senior night and MVL league match for the hosts by a final 3-2 score.
"We changed up the order of play tonight so our Seniors all got to play first, so Alyssa was the last varsity match to go on the courts. the match was back and forth the entire time. It was getting dark as they went into a first set tie-breaker, so knowing we wouldn't be able to get another whole set in, we chose to play a super tie-breaker, and were prepared to do another if that was necessary. Fortunately for us, Alyssa pulled it out. What a big win it was for her. I heard later that she didn't know she was the deciding match, and I'm glad for that. That would have been a lot of pressure to have on her shoulders."
The first matches on the court were doubles. At #1 doubles, Melissa Le and MacKenzie Taylor breezed through the first set winning 6-0, but then the girls from Xenia caught fire and came back and won the next two sets, 6-2, 6-1 to get the first win of the night for Xenia.
At #2 doubles, a pair of seniors got their first varsity match of the season. Ashley Walker and Olivia Brinson teamed up and they too got off to a good start, but still dropped the first set 4-6, then dropped the second set 2-6.
"These two started off great, but the Varsity experience of the Xenia girls showed up more and more as the match went on. They were just too much for our girls tonight. I really like how well Ashley and Olivia played, and their effort. It was a great example for our younger girls to watch."
Needing all three singles matches to get the win, the girls came through in a big way.
Eva Gibson dropped the first game of the match, then won the next twelve to take a 6-1, 6-0 win.
Caitlin Bowling continued her stretch of strong play with a 6-2, 6-0 win, tying the team match score at 2-2.
The left the deciding match of the night at #3 singles where as mentioned above, Alyssa Carter won a first set tie-breaker (9-7) to take the first set 7-6. Because of the impending darkness, the girls played a super tie breaker. It went back and forth, but in the end, Alyssa won the last four points in a row, to take a 10-7 win.
In JV action, Xenia got the better of the hosts with a 3-2 win.
Seniors Rachal Darner and Jaiden Newsome lost a tough tie-breaker 8-9.
Kayla Terry lost a singles match at 4-8.
Myleigh Smith and Winnie Zheng won 6-2.
Katelyn Connors and Morgan Cox lost 2-6
and in the last match of the evening, finishing just minutes after Alyssa Carter's match,
Elisa Engle and Mikayla Stambaugh fittingly won in a tie-breaker 9-8.
The varsity's win improved their record to 9-7, and they wrap up their initial MVL league season at 3-6, good for second place in the Valley Division.