Paris routs Charleston

Lady Tiger tennis team pulls out exciting 5-4 over Robinson then shuts out Lady Trojans

By Dan Dundas dandundas82@gmail.com
Posted 9/14/20

The Paris Lady Tiger tennis team swept two big matches this week, including a 9-0 shutout of rival Charleston.

The Lady Tigers are now 4-1 with the 9-0 win over Charleston at home on Thursday …

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Paris routs Charleston

Lady Tiger tennis team pulls out exciting 5-4 over Robinson then shuts out Lady Trojans

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The Paris Lady Tiger tennis team swept two big matches this week, including a 9-0 shutout of rival Charleston.

The Lady Tigers are now 4-1 with the 9-0 win over Charleston at home on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10.

“We had pretty good weather for the matches and even better results,” Coach Stefan Aydt said. “Warming up, the teams looked pretty evenly matched as far as stroke production, but our girls definitely showed a little more experience during points as we were able to move Charleston’s players around the court in most of the matches.”

At #1 singles, Kendall Mathews played a hard hitter in Maggie Goetten, but she did a good job of returning everything and pressuring Goetten with the location of her shots. She took the win l6-1, 6-2 win.

At the #2 spot, Chloe Waltz had a few rough games, but overall was able to control the match by taking advantage of short high balls to be aggressive, winning 6-3, 6-0.

Courtney Fleming won 12 straight to take a 6-0 sweep, and #4 Sara Mills came close to doing the same at number four, winning 6-1, 6-0.

At #5, Macy Mitchell was able to use her consistency to outlast her opponent in rallies, winning 6-2, 6-0

Kenzie Hutchings was also able to sweep both sets at #6, winning 6-0, 6-0 by forcing errors from her opponent.

Sweeping singles gave the Lady Tigers a chance to move around their roster and play some girls up in doubles.

Aydt stuck to their usual combination of Mathews/Waltz at #1 to make sure they played their top doubles team for seeding purposes if both teams were to end up in the same sectional. The pair came away with a 6-1, 6-0 win.

Lily Graham made her first varsity doubles appearance, playing with Lindsey Zorn at #2 doubles.

The duo was able to win four straight at the end of the second set to come back and avoid being taken to a third set, gaining a 6-2, 6-3 win.

At third doubles, Aydt called on a pair of seniors playing varsity for the first time this season — Peyton Lenhart and Kasmeria Miller. The Paris players started off strong winning five straight gmes and going on to win the first set 6-2.

The second set was a little tighter as Charleston started playing a little more aggressively at the net, but they both held them off for a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

JV had another good night, winning 8 of the 10 matches they played. Their next meet is at Effingham St. Anthony on Tuesday at 4:15pm.

 

Paris 5, Robinson 4

The Paris girlstook an exciting 5-4 victory over Robinson Tuesday afternoon in a match that came down to the final doubles match.

Paris Coach Stefan Aydt was a bit unsure of how the match would play out.

“Robinson lost quite a few players from their top six last year and so did we, so tonight’s matches were a little unpredictable going in,” Aydt said. “We knew they returned their top two players, one of which made all conference last year.” 

Kendall Matthews lost her opening match 6-3 and 7-6, and Chloe Waltz fell 6-1, 6-2.

“Overall, I thought Chloe and Kendall played well against them and definitely did a good job of implementing our game plans,” Aydt observed. “They just couldn’t overcome the pace and consistency their two opponents hit .”

The other four singles matches were much more closely contested.

At third singles, Courtney Fleming won a quick first set 6-1, before struggling a  

little as her opponent started running her side to side in the second set. Fleming was still able to pull out the win 6-4.

At #4, Sara Mills played one her best matches of the season, doing a much better job of being consistent to take a 6-1, 6-3 win.

Macy Mitchell dropped a three-set match at the #5 spot. She won the first set 6-3 by taking advantage of errors by her opponent. In the second and third sets, however, the Robinson player really cut down on her errors and did a good job of placing shots where she wasn’t, taking a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.

Kenzie Hutchings played the longest match of the evening at #6, a 2-hour marathon, coming away with a 7-6, 7-5 victory.

After taking an early lead off errors by her opponent, the match really tightened up with both girls running each other around the court. Several points ended on drop shots that were either successful or that were chased down and returned for winners.

Hutchings did a good job of buckling down and winning critical points, the Paris coach said.

Going into doubles, the meet was tied 3-3 so whoever won at least two doubles matches would win the meet.

Waltz and Matthews took an early 2-1 lead at number one, but the Robinson duo of Staller/List quickly turned it around for 6-3, 6-2 win for Robinson.

At #2 doubles, Mitchell and Fleming played a dominant first set, doing a great job of being aggressive at the net. The second set was a nail-biter, as Paris trailed by one game for most of the set, but came back to force and win a tiebreaker for a 6-1, 7-6(4) win.

Aydt had to make a rare in game match at #3 doubles adjustment that paid off.

“Because Kenzie had played a 2-plus hour singles match in 90 degree heat, I decided to move Lindsey Zorn up to play #3 doubles for us,” Aydt explained. “You never know for sure whether you made the right decision in that situation because it can be tough to play doubles with a new partner and Sara and Lindsey didn’t have much experience together.”

The decision definitely looked questionable at the beginning of the match as Mills-Zorn dropped the first set 6-3, They two Paris players really figured out their movement and communication in the second set. Paris took an early 4-2 lead and won the second set, forcing a third. They held on to win 6-4, clinching the match.

“I also can’t say enough about how well our JV is playing this year, as they swept their matches against Robinson,” Aydt said.