Photos by Bob Mischka
Comments from Coach Nelson:
The Whippets faced off against the top two teams in the conference this past week and while they were not able to come away with wins, they showed much improvement in the two matches.
Against Jefferson, Whitewater fell 2-5 but had two matches that went three sets that were the difference in the match.
“Jefferson is the defending conference champion and they only lost a couple of players from that team. We actually had a little more turn over and we were able to push them. We just don’t have the consistency yet to pull those matches out.”
In Thursday’s match with East Troy, the Whippets again saw improvement, losing a close one 3-4 after having lost to the Trojans 1-6 two weeks ago.
“I was really pleased with the improvement we showed compared to our match two weeks ago. We were much more aggressive in spots and more mentally tough than we had been that first time.”
Sydney and Katelyn were the two players that were able to turn their results around from two weeks ago. Sydney made up her mind before the match started that she was not going to lose. In their last match Jessica won 6-3, 7-5; this time Sydney took control right away and did not allow her opponent into the match.
Katelyn was beaten 6-4, 6-0 by Izzy Galluzo the first time they played. This time Katelyn got down early, but she stayed composed, made some adjustments, and was able to get the set to a tiebreaker. This was Katelyn’s fourth tiebreaker this season, but for the first time, she was able to pull out the win. That gave her the confidence to take over the second set right away.
There were several well-played matches against East Troy, but the one that was probably one of the most competitive is not the match that you would have noticed by just looking at the scores. Hannah Delaney’s match at two singles saw incredibly long points and games, with one point going well over 40 hits between the two players. The East Troy player was just a little more consistent and able to win more of those long points.
The Whippets’ most consistent player this week has been Cassidy Laue who won both of her matches, playing solid tennis. She is really working on the fundamentals and is eliminating errors and staying mentally tough and focused throughout the entire match.
Whitewater’s next match is home against Big Foot on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 4 pm.