Another close match! Singles continues to be the strength of the lineup, but these doubles players are not far off. Piper continues her march through the season schedule. She’s 9-0 on the season and not giving up a lot of points along the way. Evie Taylor is showing some serious talent as well. She has shown that she can rally with the best of them (including her two-time all-state team mate), but today, she had to prove that she can handle someone who removes almost all of the pace from the ball. Her opponent from Lemont used the drop shot as her primary weapon against Evie and it proved to be a challenge as Evie started out the first set down 1-4. But Evie really has brought something new to the table this season…problem solving. We talked about the drop shot at the fence at 1-4, and she already had a game plan in mind. She regrouped and beat her opponent to the punch, often getting to the drop shots and landing one of her own, often getting to it and hitting a passing shot. Evie’s got game, guys. Evie’s got game. Maddy Rizzuto just continues to impress as the newcomer to the varsity lineup. She dances between points, she laughs at times after hitting a bad shot, and she brings it with her serve. She played with a lot on her mind today, and she played great. Shout out to Maddy for a great performance once again. Thanks for effort, kid.
Our doubles teams are so close to putting in the performance that they’re looking for on the courts. I’m seeing many great serves per match. Christel and Sarah are hitting bombs.
We’re getting to the ball in the net and we’re no longer lunging at the ball and over-swinging. Sofia and Ally are using instincts to get to that ball in the net consistently. Our groundstrokes are starting to not only keep us in the point, but create the shots we’re looking for. We’re hitting passing shot winners, we’re hitting crosscourt winners. We’re just a couple of double-faults away…just a volley right back to the baseline girl or two away…just a footwork step away…from playing the entire match they way we want to. These girls are eliminating unforced errors at a rapid pace. Keep working girls, it’s right around the corner.
And another quick shout out to Mia and Jenna at #4 doubles today. They also played Lemont girls that could put the ball away in the net. They HAD to make themselves avoid the girls poaching in the middle of the net. They pulled it off. Straight set win at #4 doubles tonight…WHOOP!