by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKEFIELD — Wakefield High School’s girls tennis team defeated visiting Heritage 5-4 in a close Cap 8 Conference match, played Sept. 19 on the Wolverine courts.
The Wakefield team won five singles matches while the Husky girls captured one singles match and won all three doubles.
“We played a great match against a good opponent,” said Heritage coach John Fisher. “Not all of the scores indicate that, but we’re playing much smarter these days.”
“We have depth, and I think that shows in our doubles, where we have been able to get some wins,” Fisher added. “The girls have been working hard and we have four or five doubles teams we can play to compete and win.”
Heritage’s Jasmine Williams, playing No. 3 singles, lost her first set, 3-6, against Lauren Sheppard, but rallied back to win the next two 6-0, 11-9, to win the Huskies only singles match.
“I can’t tell you how proud I was of Jasmine,” Fisher said. “She has made so many strides this season and has worked so hard. I was happy she won this match against a very quality opponent.”
“Jasmine is playing amazing tennis,” Fisher added. “She figured a way to play smart tennis and deserves so much credit for a great win.”
Sara Talley of Heritage, competing at the No. 6 spot, played her opponent tough before she came up short in a three setter to Claudia Damiano.
Talley lost the first set 2-6, then won the second one, 6-4, before losing 6-10 in the third set.
“Sara hung in there and I thought she would take it,” Fisher said. “She played a great match against a very good opponent.”
Alexandra McNamara of Wakefield, playing No. 1 singles, defeated Heritage’s Marissa Readmond 6-1, 6-0.
At No. 2 singles, the Wolverine’s Savannah Ivey was a 6-0, 6-3 winner against Carrie Weatherman.
Lilah Ivey of Wakefield shut out Kaitlyn Tun, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles and Leandra Lee of Wakefield beat Charlotte Hopson, 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.
In No. 1 doubles, Readmond and Tun of Heritage were 8-3 winners against Sheppard and Lee.
The Husky team of Megan Matula and Ally Yanw defeated Caroline Stallings and Destinee Bates 8-2 at No. 2 doubles and Paula Escobas and
Jessica Sampson of Heritage stopped Damiano and J Weitanauer, 8-2 in the No. 3 doubles match.
“We did indeed have quite a match,” Fisher said.
“All 16 of our girls deserve a lot of praise for working to create some great competition for those spots in the match,” he added. “I wish the score could have gone our way, but there’s a lot to be proud of.”
Heritage will travel to Leesville Road today (Thursday) while Wakefield plays at Sanderson. Both matches begin at 3:30 p.m.