The Paris girls tennis team picked up another strong win in Little Illini conference competition, defeating Casey-Westfield Monday evening, September 23 6-3.
Paris suffered some early setbacks in singles play, but managed to rebound in doubles to win the meet.
At No. 1 singles, Kaitlyn Mathews fell in a hard-fought match 6-2, 6-2. Kendall Mathews was able to utilize several drop shots to push the pace in her No. 2 singles match, but ultimately fell 4-6, 7-6(7), 11-9.
Chloe Waltz took up the No. 3 singles spot, forcing her opponent into constant errors to win her matchup 6-2, 6-3.
At No. 4 singles, Sarah Isaf was able to make adjustments across the course of her match, winning in three sets at 6-1, 2-6, 10-1.
Jenna Gates gave a strong performance at No. 5 singles, winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
Emma Campbell rounded out singles play for Paris at the No. 6 spot, sweeping her opponent 6-0, 6-0.
Needing just one victory in the doubles category to secure a team win, the duo of Chloe Noel and Christiana Bentley took care of business at No. 3 doubles, winning 6-3, 6-0.
“They did a great job of taking advantage of the court positioning of their opponents with volleys and lobs,” Paris Coach Stefan Aydt said. “They were able to win before either of the other doubles matches got to a second set.”
Kaitlyn Mathews and Isaf suffered a setback at No. 1 doubles, dropping the match 6-2, 6-2.
Kendall Mathews and Waltz won a competitive contest at No. 2 doubles 7-5, 6-2.
Just two days before the Casey-Westfield match, the Lady Tigers took part in the Casey Doubles Tournament, with several doubles pairings placing highly for the Tigers.
Heading into the final round, Chloe Noel and Dani Brooks were tied with T-town at No. 4 doubles, with both teams having won 33 games.
The only way to guarantee the victory was to win all 7 games against Charleston, which they were able to do, giving them a 40-39 victory in their flight.
Kaitlyn Mathews and Sarah Isaf also placed well, taking second place at No. 1 doubles.
Kendall Mathews and Chloe Waltz took up No. 2 doubles while Emma Campbell and Jenna Gates were at the No. 3 doubles spot, placing fifth in their flights. The collective performance of the Tigers allowed them to finish third overall in the tournament, one place higher then in 2018.
“I thought the girls did a great job overall, especially by late in the day,” Aydt said. “When a lot of teams were starting to lose focus, we were still playing well.”