Girls tennis in LIC Tournament
The Paris Lady Tigers ended up placing 6th out of six total teams in the LIC Tournament this past Saturday in Olney. Paris finished with 7.5 total team points, while Flora led the way with 20.5. Paris Head Coach Stefan Aydt has been impressed with the strength of the conference this season. “This tournament was a good reminder of how strong girls tennis is in the LIC right now. Seven of the thirty-six participants in the tournament were returning state qualifiers, so there weren’t many easy wins to be found.”
Coach Aydt went on to explain part of the tournament format. “We had a tough draw in doubles as both of our teams drew seeded opponents for the first round and because of the backdraw setup, if we lost our first matches, we were guaranteed to play a seeded team in the backdraw as well.”
The doubles starters of Sydney Martin and Taylor Evans struggled in their first match against #5 seeded S. Zumbahlen/Woods of Newton, but played much better in their backdraw match, upsetting the #6 seeded Clements/Berty of Robinson 7-6, 7-5. This moved them into a fifth place match, where they actually won more games than their opponents, Richardson/Squires of Casey, but struggled in both tiebreaks which cost them the match, falling 7-5, 2-6, 10-4.
Gracie Rhoads and Elizabeth Brown play the other doubles pairing but weren’t able to pick up a win, falling to the Clements/Berty of Robinson by the score of 6-0 6-4, before losing to S. Zumbahlen/Woods of Newton in 6-0 sweep.
For the two singles matches, Kaitlyn Mathews had a tough day, losing to Cali Wilson of Flora and Mia Hargis of Robinson by the scores of 6-2, 6-0, and 6-3, 6-1. Her effort didn’t go unnoticed by Coach Aydt. “She handled herself very well for a first year player and is improving every time she plays.”
After she defeated Casey 6-2, 6-1 in the second round, the highlight of the day for Paris was Kaylee Landsaw’s third place finish which earned second team all-conference, which hasn’t been done by a Paris girl’s tennis player in at least five years.
There, she played top-seeded Jacelyn Street of Newton, losing 6-4, 6-0. “I was really impressed by Kaylee’s performance in the first set where she played Street evenly through the first 9 games, taking more games from her than Street lost the rest of the day combined.”
Senior Night will be this Tuesday against Newton and our IHSA Sectional will be held this Friday and Saturday at Effingham.