Lady Rams Tennis Starts Week with Win and Loss


Ashleigh Garcia, Paolite Staff Writer

This week weather cancelled Monday’s match for the Lady Rams tennis team, but the team still played two matches, adding a win on Tuesday against the Crawford County Wolfpack, 5-0, but losing to the Bloomington South Panthers in a Wednesday make-up game, 1-4.

Head Coach Tyla Whitfield gave praise to two individuals who played really well. 

“Tinsley (Moffatt) and Gracie (Brown) played very well. They were able to push their opponents deep in the court causing Crawford to make unforced errors,” said Whitfield.

Each girl won their match giving up no points to the Wolfpack.

Sophomore Maddi Warren defeated Mary Wetzel 6-0, 6-0.

“I think I played really well, I worked on stepping in, and hitting the ball hard, as well as the placement of the ball,” said Warren.

Senior Riley Atkins defeated Mackenzie Menke, 6-1, 6-0.

“I need to improve on playing at my level. Sometimes I play down to teams dragging out a game that could be finished a lot quicker,” said Atkins.

Senior Amanda Bowles defeated Emma Cunningham, 7-5, 6-0.

“I think that I really could have done better than I did, but there is always room for improvement. That’s what practice is for,” said Bowles.

Senior Tinsley Moffatt and sophomore Gracie Brown defeated Jadyn Holzbog and Ginger Gaines, 6-0, 6-0.

“I think Tinsley and I worked very well together yesterday and we both played hard,” said Brown.

Senior Chelsea Deweese and sophomore Micaela MacDonald defeated Faith Taylor and Maddie Pirtle, 6-1, 6-0.

“At times when playing, I feel like I could improve on keeping the energy up and not getting down on myself if I mess up,” said Deweese.

In the Wednesday make-up match, the Rams were defeated by the Bloomington South Panthers, 1-4.

While there was only one winning match, all games were really close despite of the score. 

“We had opportunities to win additional games, but we couldn’t win the big points.  I told the girls after the match that this was a good match for us to play.  We will not get better by playing opponents that do not challenge us,” said Whitfield.

The winning match for the Rams was Atkins, who defeated Hailey Vandeventer, 6-4, 1-0 ret.

Losing matches were Warren, who lost to Briah O’Neal, 0-6, 0-6. Bowles, who lost to Aa Rupp, 1-6, 0-6. Moffatt and Brown, who lost to Riley Walker and Maddie Santne,r 0-6, 5-7 and Deweese and MacDonald lost to Chelsie Lindauer and Caitlin Heim, 3-6, 1-6.

On Saturday, the Lady Rams Tennis team will host Edgewood and New Washington in a Round Robin match starting at 9:30 a.m.