On Monday night, the Chillicothe Girls' Tennis team traveled to Marshall
for a sunny but windy tennis match. All but one of the games for the night
was a tight, close matchup, which made for quite an exciting evening.
Ultimately, the team lost the dual 4-5, but the outcome was not decided
until the second-to-last game of the night.
The Lady Hornets got off to a very slow start with all
doubles teams dropping three games after stepping on the court. They
quickly fought to get back into those matches but were never able to gain
the lead after the cold start. They lost all three doubles matches,
starting the dual out 0-3. Carpenter and BeVelle lost to Evans and Huston
6-8. Washburn and Garr lost to Russel and Kueker 6-8. Kieffer and Crowe
lost to Escarte and King 5-8.
The Hornets' team stepped it up with dominant singles
play after that, though. They all came out early in their singles' matches
with a lead. The head-to-head competitions were very evenly matched and
exciting to watch for all the spectators present. Carpenter beat Evans
8-4. Washburn beat Huston 8-1. Kieffer beat Escarte 8-6. Crowe beat King
8-4. The last two matches of the night went back and forth with multiple
lead changes, but in the end, Garr and BeVelle both lost 6-8 against
Russel and Kueker respectively.
Coach Chambers thought this dual was great preparation
heading into Districts this weekend because all of her athletes saw such
high-quality competition and held their own well.