Finally! After two days of rained out scheduled conference matches, Valley Girls Tennis was back in action, looking to carry over momentum from the victory last week over Wabash. The Vikings played host to Rochester and lost a closely contested match 3-2.
The Vikings got on the board through the ongoing stellar play of both double teams. Tiphanie Hodge and Makenna Bradley continue to play well and win. Tonight it was a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Hannah Houston and Ryli Rouch. The girls were never threatened in the match and closed their opponents out in less than 45 minutes. Valley’s other doubles team of Haley Baker and Kailin Neese were equally impressive winning 6-0, 6-1. They beat Kim Banie and Molly Conley of Rochester. For the season, Hodge/ Bradley and Baker/ Neese have a combined record of 18-4.
On the singles side, Rochester used it’s experience and savvy to take down Mackenzie Costello and Hannah Parson. Costello lost to Alivia Riegle 2-6, 1-6 and Parson fell to Gabby Guss 4-6, 1-6. That left Gi Gi Engstrand and Rochester’s Whitley Barkman to decide the outcome. In a two hour marathon, Barkman outlasted Engstrand 7-6, 7-6 to give the match victory to the Zebras. It was nip and tuck the entire match, but Barkman was able to capture both tiebreakers which made the difference.
In JV action, Mallory Durkes cruised 6-0 over Lulu Macucci, Chelsea Manns defeated Brittany Ramos, 6-2, Kennedie Brooks and Evelyn Rodriguez beat Carly Hott and Lulu Marcucci and Brianna Feldman and Kaydee Shephard bested Megan Thomas and Carly Hott. Jillian Walls and Peyton Oldham lost to Brittney Ramos and Megan Thomas 6-3.
Overall, it was a great effort by the Vikings that just fell short. The loss drops their record to 6-5 and with a home date with Whitko Thursday night, The Vikings have the opportunity to put this loss well behind them.