After splitting the first six singles matches with West Plains, the Lady Tigers tennis team fought deep into the match to even their record for the second time this season.
WEST PLAINS – After splitting the first six singles matches with West Plains, the Lady Tigers tennis team fought deep into the match to even their record for the second time this season.
Waynesville dropped the first three matches to its opponent, but rallied to win five of the final six matches, including two doubles victories, for a 5-4 overall match win.
"I was impressed by the girls' intensity tonight," Lady Tigers coach Kayla Wilson said after the match. "I see so much improvement with each match we play."
Wilson highlighted Paige Massey's (Jr.) singles win over West Plains' Audrey Russell, 8-1, and her gutsy performance in an 8-3 doubles win later in the evening.
"This Waynesville-West Plains dual overall was definitely a nail biter," Wilson said. "Most of the matches hit deuce on multiple occasions, indicating hard fought out games."
According to Wilson, in a doubles match between Emily Salcedo (Sr.) and Kaitlynn Wagner (Soph.), the duo crawled back from a large deficit after winning five straight games, but eventually lost 8-6.
Then, in the night's final match, Lindzie King (Fr.) and Makenzie King (Sr.) defeated West Plains' Hannah Morrison and Taylor Brassfield to escape with a 5-4 duel victory.
"That's the best I've seen them play yet," Wilson said. "The whole team is really working together, challenging each another to improve, and our communication between partners is really starting to fall into place. I'm proud of my girls."
Waynesville (4-4) was set to take on Hillcrest on Wednesday at 3 p.m. before travelling to Rolla for an 8 a.m. tournament on Saturday.
Sarah Hess (W. Pla.) def. Emily Salcedo, 8-0.
Morgan Light (W. Pla.) def. Kaitlynn Wagner, 8-4.
Hannah Morrison (W. Pla.) def. Makenzie King, 9-7.
Lindzie King (WHS) def. AnnMarie Morisson, 8-3.
Clarissa Vance (WHS) def. Taylor Brassfield, 8-3.
Paige Massey (WHS) def. Audrey Russell, 8-1.
Hess/Light (W. Pla.) def. Salcedo/Wagner, 8-6.
M. King/L. King (WHS) def. H. Morisson/Brassfield, 8-6.
Vance/Massey (WHS) def. A. Morisson/Russell, 8-3.