Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:04 pm | Updated: 9:08 pm, Wed May 13, 2015.
ROSSVILLE – The Rossville Hornets battled past the Benton Central Bison, winning Wednesday’s tennis match by a score of 3-2.
The Hornets’ lineup featured a few changes. Brittyn Oliver, the team’s No. 1 singles player, was out with an injury and Sam Haan returned from an injury.
Haan moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 singles. Alli Fadness, who’s mostly played No. 2 singles, moved up to the No. 1 spot.
Mack Oliver moved up from junior varsity to play No. 3 singles. Both doubles’ teams remained the same.
“We had to make the lineup change and it made me decide whether or not to break up a doubles team and play them in singles,” said Bud Wainscott, Rossville head coach. “The doubles I felt good about, but could we get a singles point.”
Fadness clinched the Hornet victory by defeating Sam Klemmel 6-3, 6-4. Fadness took a 4-1 lead in the final set before Klemmel tied it a four. Fadness won the next two games to with her match, which gave Rossville its third point.
The first match between Haan and Ally Best went to a tiebreaker, with Best coming out on top 7-5. Best won the second set 6-3 to seal the match.
Mack Oliver struggled against Ellie Brouillette, losing the first set 1-6 and the second 2-6.
In No. 1 doubles Rossville’s team of Hannah Oliver and Paige Gibson overcame stalls in each set to win 6-2, 6-4. The duo began the first set up 3-0, but then lost the next two games before winning the final three to close out the set. They overcame a 2-3 deficit in the final set to win the match.
After grinding out an 8-6 win through a tiebreaker, Rossville’s No. 2 doubles team of Maddy Crow and Cicily Frye easily won the second set 6-0 to seal the match.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 9-4 in match play and the Bison dropped to 8-4.
Rossville hosted its last home match Thursday against Lafayette Jefferson and travels to Peru Saturday for the last action of the regular season.
The Hornets begin sectional play at Lebanon next week. Wainscott said he anticipates having Brittyn Oliver back in the lineup by then.
Benton Central defeated Rossville in each junior varsity match. Maddie Tolen defeated Sarah Hendrickson 8-6, Annabelle Cobb defeated Nona Makela 8-3 and Anna Gick defeated Molly Matzen 8-0. In doubles play, the team of Alexis Munson and Rachel Eckhart defeated Sequoya Hodgen and Alyssa Johnson 6-3.