Hillsdale defeated Northwest 8-0 Thursday in girls’ varsity tennis action.
“They had a lot more depth than we had, especially at the doubles’ flights,” Northwest coach Nick Rush said.
The Mounties’ #2 doubles team of senior Shiori Ogata and sophomore Olivia Tisch played well in a losing effort. After dropping a close first set, 6-4, they battled to a second set tiebreaker before falling.
In exhibition action after the varsity match was completed, senior Macarena Retamales and freshman Jordan Thomas combined to pick up an 8-4 victory.
“Jordan and Maca took some of what we’ve learned in practice in terms of court positioning and playing aggressive doubles with two at the net and saw a lot of success,” Rush commented, noting it was their first time playing together and just their second match ever. “I’m excited to see them play together again.”
The Mounties also had exhibition wins by Brandy Wollet/Rhia Shook and Brittany Wollet/Kaitlyn Grier. Emily Sexton and Kaitlyn Sallee lost a very exciting exhibition match 9-7.
“There exhibition matches are an important part of our continued development, especially with the number of new players we have,” Rush said. “Because of our court situation at home and during practice, we don’t have the opportunity to really practice actual match play and points. I think if we get more opportunities like this, we are going to improve quickly because we have a lot of enthusiasm and effort in our younger players.”
HILLSDALE 8, NORTHWEST 0
No. 1 — Abby Pitts, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def . Brittany Wollet, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 — Marie Hecklinger, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def . Brandy Wollet, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 — Breanna Bildner, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def . Rhiannon Shook, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 — Grace Olinger, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def . Maddie Hopkins, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 — Chloe Page-Emily Kimball, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def. Kaitlyn Grier-Kaitlyn Sallee,NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 — Emma Hammel-Ella Lewis, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def. Shiori Ogata-Olivia Tisch,NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 6-4, 7-6 (5); No. 3 — Emily Pachoud-Hope Huff, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def. Meghan Camburn-Emily Sexton,NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 — Kennedy Beach-Mckenzie Firrone, HILLSDALE HIGH SCHOOL, def. Kaylee Hall-Raelin McMichael,NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 6-0, 6-0