KETTERING — The Wayne girls tennis team played two matches this week and split the pair. These two matches were very different in style of play.
Wayne traveled to Fairmont High School on Tuesday and fell to the very experienced team 5-0. Fairmont had five seniors that have been playing tennis for several seasons and it showed as they pulled away in the second sets on each position while Wayne has one starting senior. Singles played well and moved the ball around the court nicely, but it wasn’t enough as Sidney Bailey, Kristen Hooker, and Lyann Trinh all fell short, according to Wayne Coach Thomas Secor.
Bailey played a tough two sets against first singles, but fell 6-4 in the second set after leading much of the match. Newcomers Hooker and Trinh both played respectable tennis, according to Secor at second and third singles but both lost in two sets as well.
Doubles were aggressive and played the net well against Fairmont, but they weren’t able to match the consistency from the baseline, according to Secor. The doubles teams of Ameera Salah with Lauren Smith and Emily Miller with Emilee Sykes played wonderful tennis from the baseline and put up several games, according to Secor.
He said he was pleased with play, but cited “way to many unforced errors” as the reason the team fell short.
Stivers on Wednesday was a completely different match as Wayne won 3-2. Singles played with more intensity and were able to fight off tiredness as many girls played almost thre hour matches, according to Secor.
Bailey won convincingly at first singles by outlasting her opponent with ground strokes and a strong performance, according to Secor. Bailey was the only player that didn’t play a three-set match.
Hooker, Trinh, and Salah with Smith all won their first set and lost their second. Hooker won her third set in a tiebreaker (7-5) after she fell 5-2 in the set and came back to force the tiebreaker.
Trinh came back using great ground strokes, according to Secor and won her third set 6-4. This gave the warriors the 3-2 win over Stivers.
The doubles teams also played three sets and both fell just short. Secord said each team played with great intensity and were more consistent.
“We had a great match today,” said Secor. “I couldn’t ask the girls to give more then playing hard for a three hour match. The improvements from yesterday were the difference in our play.”
Wayne closes the regular season on Tuesday, Sept 22 against Centerville at 4 p.m. at home prior to the Greater Western Ohio Conference Tournament in Troy on Friday, Sept. 25.
Reach Greg Smart at 937-684-8088 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com
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