Wawasee Tennis

Wawasee vs. Central Noble: A Tale of Two Years

On Monday night, Wawasee dropped its 4th straight match after its 2-1 start to the season.  The commonality to all the recent losses seem to be centered around extremely competitive matches that fall just short.

When asked about being frustrated by the recent skid, Coach Staley simply replied, “Of course, I’m never all that fond of losing, but when looking at the bigger picture, I see this more of a precursor to success, a stepping stone to future victories.”

Last year Wawasee was swept by Central Noble 0-5.  This year, the Lady Warriors lost 4 varsity seniors and faced a Central Noble lineup that featured 4 returning seniors and 3 returning juniors to Wawasee’s starting singles core which consisted of two sophomores (Heinisch and Rookstool) and one freshmen (Kleopfer).

“Not only do we have young players, they remain inexperienced in match play,” Staley commented.  “We’re not getting those key points to swing matches in our favor and that can be attributed to the growing pains of a young squad.”

This year’s result was better: a 1-4 loss as the Lady Warrior’s #2 doubles team of Taylor Mock and Courtney Larson pulled out a victory in 3 sets for Wawasee’s only win.  However, last year Heinisch was the only player to take Central Noble to a third set.  On Monday night’s matchup, #3 singles Elizabeth Kleopfer and #1 doubles team of Kabrea Rostochak and Kendra Doerr pushed Central Noble to a third and deciding set, falling just short.

So are the Lady Warriors about to finally turn the corner?  “These girls are fighting and learning to win,” Staley said.  “Just in the past several days, I’ve seen signs we’re progressing in a very positive way as a team, but I also know there’s no magic switch to turn it all on overnight.  We’ll weather these tough losses because it’s part of the process.  When this team does turn that corner, and they will, this will be a very fun team to watch.  And the wins will follow.”

The Lady Warrior’s JV squad won 3 of its 5 core matches, but dropped all three exhibition matches.  JV winners included Kaitlin Graber at #2 singles, Aurelia Stephens and Kennedy Church at #1 doubles and Brittney Jackson and Molly Jones at #2 doubles.


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