Bringing 4 entries to the IHSA Class 1A Centralia Sectional match at Centralia Excessive Faculty, the Highland High School Lady Bulldogs tennis team had huge hopes of getting a pair of entries by within the semifinals and finals on Oct. 17.
Regardless of a pair of hard-fought doubles matches that went to three-set tiebreakers, Highland fell quick and was unable to advance anybody past the quarterfinal spherical Oct. 16.
“We didn’t get anyone by until tomorrow (Oct. 17), Highland coach Matt Pellock mentioned. “We had two good alternatives and misplaced them in three units in each of them.”
A kind of good probabilities for Highland got here with Krista Rittenhouse and Sidney Basler enjoying at No.1 doubles in a second-round match. Basler and Rittenhouse left every thing that they had on the court docket however dropped a three-set choice to Triad’s doubles pairing of Kare Speer and Sami Hartoin 1-6, 6-2, 3-6.
“It was positively a difficult (match),“ Pellock mentioned. “Triad we had seen and quite a lot of that’s matchups the place they hit quite a lot of drop photographs and lobs and so they simply ended up staying out of bother. Krista performed rather well on the web and she or he was a giant motive we have been in a position to get to the third set.”
In singles, Highland senior Hannah Geest had her probability at advancing to the semifinals stopped when she misplaced to Flora’s Emma Walden within the quarterfinal spherical 6-0, 3-6, 4-6.
“She was enjoying effectively and I feel type of what occurred was the opposite woman was hitting the ball quick and just a little little bit of swirling wind positively was protecting her off stability there within the second set and just a little little bit of some exhaustion most likely stored her from competing how she wished to,” Pellock mentioned.
Geest dispatched Flora’s Dana Sodsaikitch within the second spherical of the match to advance to the quarterfinals.
Highland’s different doubles entry of Katie Augustin and Brianna Helm, enjoying within the No. 2 doubles slot, drew a tricky first spherical doubles match in opposition to the Flora duo of Ava Cammon and Kathryn Jennings and misplaced 4-6, 3-6.
“They’d a tricky first spherical as they needed to Flora’s No. 1 doubles crew and so they have been aggressive, they only weren’t in a position to win it,” Pellock mentioned.
Highland’s different singles entry, Jenna Fenton, performed out of the No. 2 single spot and prevailed in her first spherical match over Religion Bundy-Climer of Vandalia. Within the second spherical, issues didn’t go as effectively for Fenton, as she was eradicated in her second-round match, falling to proficient Lanie Carder of Flora.
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Pellock mentioned it was a disappointing technique to have the season finish however he knew the sectional could be a challenge for the Lady Bulldogs after the seedings and early pairings have been launched.
“We had two groups that have been seeded to get by however as soon as the attracts got here out with out seeing all these groups (play) you’ll be able to have good seeds however you simply don’t know who the most effective groups are. However we knew Triad was good and any time you run into Triad, you’re going to get a giant battle,” Pellock mentioned.