Facing the same team three times over a 16 day period is never easy. That was what the Vikings faced as they played host to Wabash this evening. In the two previous meetings, the Vikings and Apaches split matches, making the third meeting the rubber match. Wabash came out on top 3-2 to drop Valley to 6-7 on the year. It was the second agonizing loss the Vikings suffered in 5 days. Last week it was Rochester that tipped Valley 3-2.
Tonight, Wabash took 2 of the 3 single matches, and split the double matches to gain the victory. Mackenzie Costello, continues to develop her game but is playing veteran players. She fell to Brooke Irgang 6-0, 6-3. Hannah Parson, lost a close first set 7-6, (7-4) to Bella Carillo. That seemed to inspire Carillo as she defeated Parson 6-2 in the second set, to win 7-6 (7-4) 6-2. Valley picked up their first point of the match in singles. Gi Gi Engstrand continues to improve by leaps and bounds with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 win over Isabel France.
The magnificent play of Tiphanie Hodge and Makenna Bradley stayed true to form. The pair ran their record for the season to 12-1, with another close win, this time 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2 over Halle Miller and Cammie Kugler. Finally, after taking the first set 6-3, Kaitlin Neese and Haley Baker were overtaken by Annie Cole and Evelynn Grey, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6.
In JV action, Kennedie Brooks and Andie Schwenger won for the third time this season as a doubles team.
Now at 6-7, Valley faces Whitko tomorrow and Southwood Thursday. The Vikings have hit a rough spot right now as the season winds down, but are more than capable of recovering in time for sectionals next week.