The Indian Land Lady Warriors Tennis Team lost its rematch tonight with Rock Hill High 3-4.
#1: Catherine White (RH) def. Hannah Shoemaker (IL) 6-2, 6-1
#2: Julia Greiner (IL) def. Natalie Black (RH) 6-1, 6-4
#3: Kim Koenig (IL) def. Katie Ledford (RH) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-6
#4: Meredith Smith (RH) def. April Ciccone (IL) 6-2, 7-5
#5: Barron Hicklin (RH) def. Kayla Christian (IL) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
#1: Shoemaker/Greiner (IL) def. White/Black (RH) 11-9
#2: Sarah Hicklin & Helen Revel (RH) def. Alexandra Greenawalt & Kelly Pauls (IL) 6-2, 6-1
Indian Land is now 0 – 3. The Lady Warriors travel to the Olympic High Schools (NC) on Monday, Sept. 13 and to York Comprehensive High on SEpt. 14. The Warriors next home match is Sept. 16 when they host Nation Ford.
Injuries forced a change in the line-up for Indian Land, with Warrior newcomer Kayla Christian slotting in at #5 singles for Bridget Sampson. The change in the lineup didn’t change the match result, however, as the Lady Bearcats again walked away 3-4 winners.
The Lady Warriors spend much of their season playing against larger schools. Because the AA region Indian Land is in has only one other school that plays tennis (Cheraw High) and there are no other small schools in the local area, the team is forced into competition with schools that field much larger, deeper teams.
Rock Hill, for example, dresses almost 30 players; Indian Land’s team has only 12.
“This tough competition will prepare us for our matches against Cheraw High in October, and old rivals McBee High later in September,” Warrior coach Doug Young said. “We aim to make our impact in the AA playoffs this year, where we can finally match up with similarly sized schools.”
Despite the tough competition, the Lady Warriors have had some standout performances, Young says.
Number three singles player, Kim Koenig, is undefeated in the three regular season matches.
The #1 doubles team of Hannah Shoemaker and Julia Greiner have only been defeated once this season.
“I expect that our continued good play from the experienced members of the line-up, combined with solid results from the new players, will result in good things as the season progresses,” Coach Young said.