After starting the season with an impressive 6-4 mark, Valley hit a rough spot and dropped 3 straight matches. Last night against Whitko, they got back on track and found the winning formula for the seventh time this season to even their record at 7-7.
Winners included in singles, Gi Gi Engstrand who played another outstanding match. Engstrand defeated Katherine Ousley 6-3, 6-2. Engstrand’s development over the course of the season is one reason the Vikings are having a successful season thus far. Tiphanie Hodge and Makenna Bradley, Valley’s top doubles team knocked off Jaycie Thomas and Kylie Fugett 6-3, 6-1. For the seniors, they sport a record of 13-1with a pair of matches remaining and have an opportunity to go down in Tippecanoe Valley Ladies Tennis as one of the all- time top double teams.
Not to be outdone, Kaitlin Neese and Haley Baker got back on the winning track after two straight losses. They steamrolled Abigail Metz and Bailey Wright 6-0, 6-0. Neese and Baker now own a fine 9-5 doubles record and can hit double figures in wins in their next match against Southwood. Valley’s double teams now own a combined 23-5 mark and show no signs of letting up.
For single players 1 and 2, Mackenzie Costello and Hannah Parson, it was another tough evening. They played well and are developing their games, but both came up short on the scoreboard.
In JV action, winners included; Mallory Durkes, Peyton Oldham and the doubles pair of Kennedie Brooks and Andie Schwenger.
Next up for Valley is a trip to Southwood scheduled for tonight, followed by the regular season ender Monday evening at home against Northfield.