Wawasee Tennis

Lady Warriors Rally, Beat Northridge

The 2017 Lady Warriors tennis team continues to break new ground. This past weekend they defeated Prairie Heights, Columbia City and Southwood to win the first tournament trophy for Wawasee since they defeated Warsaw in the 2000 sectionals. On Tuesday, they travelled to Middlebury and ended a 12-year losing streak against Northridge, beating them 3-2.

Wawasee’s #2 doubles team was once again the first to take care of business, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.  #2 singles Peyton Rookstool followed shortly after winning 6-4, 6-4.  While the Lady Warriors dropped their 1 and 3 singles matches, the final court was left up to #1 doubles to secure the win.

Only problem was that they had dropped the first set 5-7 and were losing the second set 2-5.  While some of the crowd departed, secure with a Northridge victory, Wawasee’s #1 doubles team of Kabrea Rostochak and Kendra Doerr rallied to win 5-7, 7-5, 7-5, keeping their conference unbeaten streak alive and securing the Lady Warrior’s team victory, the first of its kind over Northridge for more than a decade.

When asked what was the magic involved in the turnaround, Coach Shane Staley said, “Fire, strategy and focus.  They were not showing a lot of fire in the first two sets till late.  Making a lot of unforced errors.  During a changeover at 2-5 in the second set, I walked up and told them it’s 2-all (team score), so it’s up to you to win it.  So win it!  We talked strategy, sabotage and then I threatened to make them both singles players.” Staley said, laughing. “Kind of threw in the kitchen sink, maybe even ticked Kabrea off a little (which is hard to do).  But they’re both competitors and I knew they’d respond well and to their credit they executed well, got pumped up and won it!”

The Lady Warrior’s varsity squad is now 6-7 on the year and 2-1 in the NLC conference.

“The difference between us being 6-7 and 11-2 really comes down to a number of lost 3rd set tiebreakers, lost key set points and missing players,” Coach Staley stated.  “Depth is our weakness this year.  When we’re at full strength, we’re usually very competitive and formidable.”

Wawasee will face conference rival Warsaw on Thursday without its #1 overall seed (Rostochak).

The JV squad fell to Northridge 3-7.  The #2 doubles team of Brittney Jackson and Molly Jones continue to gel, winning 2 of the 3 matches in addition to a singles win by Ashley Rose.

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