Nobody can accuse the Lady Vikings of Tippecanoe Valley of not playing exciting tennis. After playing three consecutive matches earlier in the week that ended 3-2, Valley hosted the Braves of Maconaquah in a rare Friday night match. True to form, Valley pulled out a 3-2 win over the Braves.
The night unfolded as the squads split the first four matches. Gi Gi Engstrand made short work of Chole Hersburger 6-0, 6-2. Engstrand served extremely well, while playing her best match of the season. Haley Baker and Kaitlin Neese, continued there excellent play with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Holly Householder and Annie Isenburg. The tandem have a doubles mark of 6-3 right now and really hit their stride tonight.
Vikings, Mackenzie Costello and Hannah Parson ran into a couple of seasoned veterans in their respective matches. Costello fell to Alice Miller and Parson was defeated by Brooke Borden. So, with each side sitting with 2 points apiece, the stage was set for Vikings Tiphanie Hodge and Makeena Bradley to provide the match of the night against Braves Trysta Gustason and Kaitlin Stapleton.
Hodge and Bradley seemed to have things in hand after capturing the first set 6-4 over Gustason and Stapleton. However, the match was far from over. Gustason and Stapleton recovered in the second set winning 6-4 and were on the verge of handing Bradley and Hodge their second defeat of the season by leading 5-3, in the third set. Down 3-5, Hodge held serve slicing the two game lead in half. Maconaquah still had the advantage as they served for the match at 5-4. They managed to push Hodge/ Bradley to the brink as they held two match points. However, from that point on, Hodge and Bradley gathered themselves, forced deuce and broke back to even the third set at 5 games each. At that point, the Viking seniors won the last two games to take the set 7-5, and give the match to Valley 3-2. The number one doubles team of Hodge and Bradley now own a record of 8-1 and continue to show resiliency with each match.
In JV action, Vikings Mallory Durkes (6-4) and the double teams of Kennedie Brooks/Andie Schwenger (6-2) and Kaydee Shepherd /Brianna Feldman (6-4) all won.
Jill Walls and Peyton Oldman just fell short losing 6-3, while Chelsea Manns lost a hard fought set 7-5 to Melynda Smith.
The win lifted the Vikings to 5-4 for the season. Tomorrow, the girls will travel to Wabash to take on Wabash and Whitko in a four team invitational.