The Paris Lady Tigers girls tennis team is hosting the Little Illini Conference tournament beginning today at both the PHS courts at Paris High School as well as the newly-refurbished Allen Field …
The Paris Lady Tigers girls tennis team is hosting the Little Illini Conference tournament beginning today at both the PHS courts at Paris High School as well as the newly-refurbished Allen Field courts at Buena Vista and Edgar Streets.
Singles matches will be playing at Allen Field while doubles will play at PHS. The matches begin at both locations at 9 a.m.
It’s been a touch week for the Lady Tigers who dropped three matches to Casey, Mattoon and Robinson.
Casey 8, Paris 1
Paris lost 5-4 in a previous meeting but the Lady Warriors rested their #2 singles player that night. With their full varsity lineup playing tonight, Paris had different and tougher matchups down the lineup — although really every match was competitive.
“Even at #1 singles and doubles — where the scores look lopsided — there were tons of long points and games that went to deuce,” said Paris Coach Stephan Aydt.
At #1, Kendall Mathews faced Eva Richardson, who is part of the #1 seeded doubles team in the conference. Although Mathews did a great job of running down shots, Richardson was in control of most points with her pace and placement, winning 6-1, 6-2.
At #2 singles, Chloe Waltz won the first set taking advantage of some nice net play. Later in the first set and definitely in the second, Eckerty — the other half of the #1 doubles team and a returning state qualifier — did a better job of keeping Waltz away from the net and making the points last longer to try to force errors. She took a 2-6, 6-4, 10-4 win.
At #3, every set was close and Courtney played a ton of long points against a very quick moving opponent. Mason hit a bit harder so she was able to hit a few more winners than us, leading to a 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 loss for Courtney. At #4, Sara Mills played a close first set, but struggled a little with her control in the second falling 6-4, 6-2. The #5 match was two completely different sets at Macy won a quick 6-0 first set by taking advantage of errors from her opponent. In the second set however, Casey forced most of the errors and went on to win in a tiebreak 0-6, 6-1, 10-7. At #6, Kenzie played another long match, as both girls did a great job of getting to shots. Kenzie had a little trouble dealing with the hard serves and forehands from her opponent, falling 7-6(7), 6-4.
In doubles, the matchups were the same as the first meeting and so were the results. Casey won big at #1, 6-1, 6-1. If the seeds hold up today, these two teams would meet again in the semifinals.
The loss puts varsity at 6-7 on the season.
Mattoon 6, Paris 3
The Paris Lady Tigers traveled outside of the LIC to Mattoon Tuesday, Oct. 6, where they fell by the score of 6-3.
Kendall Matthews played another solid match as the Lady Tigers #1 singles player, but she was always on the run trying to keep up with the combination of power and placement of Mattoon’s Storzum, falling 6-2, 6-3. Chloe Waltz played the best singles match of the night at number two, doing a great job of returning Waltz’s second win this year over a returning state qualifier. Courtney Fleming had lots of close games at number three, but nlost 6-0, 6-1.
Sara Mills played a close match at #4, even having match points in the second set, but her opponent forced Mills into errors to take a 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-5 win. At number five, Kenzie Hutchings played good consistent tennis, also mixed in some more aggressive placement and spin than usual to take a nice 6-3, 6-2 win. Lindsey Zorn rounded out the singles competition falling 6-2, 6-3.
Robinson 6, Paris 3
“Unfortunately, I think Robinson came out more prepared for us than they were a month ago when we beat them 5-4 at their place,” Aydt noted. Kenzie Hutchings picked up the only singles win of the night, taking a 6-4, 6-2 win by doing a good job using angles when she was able to get up into the court.
The Lady Tigers took the doubles round by winning fairly handily at #2 and #3, doing a great job of moving at the net to cut off groundstrokes from Robinson and hit volleys for winners. The doubles tandem of Fleming and Mitchell won 6-2, 6-3 while Mills and Hutchings took a dominant 6-1 sweep to wrap up the day.
“I’m also really impressed with our JV girls’ continued strong play,” the Lady Tiger coach said. “Robinson has a big team, so we were able to use the courts at Allen Field to play some extra JV matches with our girls taking 22 of the 28 JV matches played and every girl winning at least once.”