After opening the season with promise, the Warren County High School girls tennis team had fallen on hard times the last two weeks.
The Lady Pioneers weren’t hanging their heads, however, when they arrived in Shelbyville as losers of four straight. Warren County rallied behind a freshman to pick up a 5-4 victory over the Lady Eagles and bring its record to 4-5.
Coach David Dunlap and his Lady Pioneers team had to wait nervously at the end of the day when freshman Elizabeth Oxley took the court for her No. 5 singles match.
Oxley was aware the match was even at 4-4 when she went up against Alisha Tillman. Winning the set meant the Lady Pioneers would snap a four-match losing streak, but a loss would bring with it a long car ride back to McMinnville.
Oxley was up for the challenge, as the freshman dominated Tillman 8-1 to give the Lady Pioneers their fourth win.
Coach Dunlap was proud of his freshman for stepping up in a big moment.
“The team scores were tied when Elizabeth started her singles match,” said Dunlap. “She pulled out a big win for our team.”
Tuesday was a big day for Oxley, as she and Madison Todd teamed to win a doubles match against Tillman and Christie Tran early in the match.
It was also a successful day for Susie Brown and Tanisha Ramirez, as the two combined to bring in the Lady Pioneers other three wins.
Brown won her No. 3 singles match against Kenzie George 8-3, while Ramirez followed with an 8-2 victory over Amy Neese in the No. 4 singles set.
Brown and Ramirez teamed up against George and Neese in the No. 2 doubles match, one which proved to be the most competitive of the day.
Brown and Ramirez needed extra games to defeat George and Neese 9-7 and pick up a huge win for the Lady Pioneers.
While they couldn’t come up with wins for the Lady Pioneers, Kathryn McCormick and Peyton Baker both played solid singles matches for Warren County.
McCormick was bested by Kasondra Johnson 9-7 in the No. 1 singles match, while Baker lost 8-3 to Victoria Dugan.
The Lady Pioneers hoped to keep the momentum going when they returned home for a District 6-AAA match yesterday.
Warren County played host to Cumberland County at McMinnville Civic Center in a pivotal match for tournament seeding. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Pioneers will take the weekend off before they make a trip to Coffee County next Tuesday. Warren County will play April 19 against the Lady Raiders at 3:30 p.m.