The Valley Girls Tennis Team had very little rest following last night’s hard fought victory over the Maconaquah Braves. So, after a quick thirteen hour break, the team boarded a bus for the short ride over to Wabash to take part in the Apache’s annual tournament. Taylor and Whitko were scheduled to join Valley and Wabash for the four team get together. Unfortunately, rain ended the event early, but not before Valley defeated Wabash 4-1 to notch win number 6 for the season.
The Lady Vikings put on their finest performance as a team this season. Hannah Parson got back in the win column with an impressive 2-6, 6-2, (10-7) victory over Bella Carrillo. Parson picked up her play in the second set and keeped her momentum throughout the tiebreaker to take the match. Gi Gi Engstrand, Valley’s number 3 singles player, found herself down a set to Isabel France, but battled back winning 2-6, 6-4, (10-8). Engstrand served a second consecutive day at a high level, and has quickly become a critical piece to Lady Viking tennis. Mackenzie Costello playing singles 1, continues to improve, but ran into Brooke Irgang who defeated Costello picking up the Wabash point.
On the doubles side, Tiphanie Hodge and Makeena Bradley won for the ninth time in ten matches this season. This morning it was a straight win over Halle Miller and Cammie Kugler, 6-4, 6-2. Hodge hit solid groundstrokes from start to finish, and Bradley was consistent with her serving, net play, and the hitting of numerous lobs that gave Miller and Kugler fits. Finally, Valley’s duo of Haley Baker and Kaitlin Neese triumphed over Annie Cole and Evelynn Gray 6-4, 2-6, (10-7). Baker/Neese have developed a chemistry and play very well together. They sport a season record of 7-3 at the present time.
Following the win over Wabash, Valley was set to take on conference foe Whitko for their second match of the day. Shortly after getting started, rain halted the matches. The teams waited for roughly 20 minutes, before restarting play. However, the rain came back following 10 minutes of action, ending play for the day.
The 6-4 Vikings have another busy week on the horizon. Three conference home matches are on tap, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. All matches begin at 5 PM. Come out and watch a group of tough girls that have a great deal of resolve and never give up.