The start to Wawasee’s girls tennis season got a little brighter Saturday as they extended their overall record this year to 5-0 and won the Jimtown Tournament, beating South Bend Adams 4-1, Jimtown 5-0, and Wabash 5-0.
Quite a change from the last Jimtown tourney when the Lady Warriors dropped all three matches. Even last year’s head-to-head loss versus Jimtown (1-4) was corrected with a 5-0 win.
Three spots for Wawasee swept every match, including #1 singles Kendra Doerr who dominated the majority of the tournament, but found a battle with the Jimtown #1 senior Kaitlyn Margraf. After Doerr won the first set easily at 6-1, she dropped the second 2-6 and was forced into a third-set super tiebreaker which she reversed course and finished off the win at 10-4. Doerr did not drop a single game in both the matches against South Bend Adams and Wabash, winning both at 6-0, 6-0. Peyton Rookstool also swept her matches on the day at #2 singles, as did the #2 doubles team of Abby Morehead and Tate Cowan.
Other contributions included Elizabeth Kleopfer at #3 singles beating both Jimtown and Wabash and #1 doubles Kaitlin Graber and Molly Jones winning against South Bend Adams and Jimtown. Both Graber and Jones were then rested and replaced at #1 doubles with JV standouts Valerie Haessig and Ava Harker who completed the sweep of Wabash on all courts, winning in a shortened set format 8-6.
“I took nine of my girls to this tournament and each contributed to this win,” Coach Shane Staley said after the tournament. “Kendra simply dominated today at #1 singles and keeps getter stronger with each match. Peyton won every set today. Elizabeth shook off a slow start and showed a great return to form and I felt Abby and Tate really turned the corner, finally getting some nice wins. And then Molly and Kaitlin fought through a couple tough matches, but persevered.” If that wasn’t enough, Staley substituted two JV players, Valerie Haessig and Ava Harker, into the mix against Wabash at the formidable #1 doubles position. “I was glad to get both Valerie and Ava some varsity match play in today and excited that they came out victorious! All in all, it was a tournament I won’t soon forget. These girls deserve this trophy; it’s good to be champs!”
The Lady Warriors will get in their first home match of the year Monday against Central Noble.