The Giants tennis team had its hopes for an undefeated season dashed on Tuesday, Sept. 29, as they fell 1-6 against a strong Litchfield team.
It was always going to be an uphill battle. After all, Litchfield returned all but four of last year’s team that went on to place third in the state tournament. And like the Giants, they were undefeated heading into the final season match.
“We knew it was going to be a tough match,” Giants coach Linda Seaver said.
The Giants lone win came at #3 singles, with Morgan Jones earning a 7-6, 6-0 win over Karlee Prahl.
“She has been playing great tennis this season and continues to improve her play and confidence with each match,” Seaver said of Jones. “She moved the ball well against a very tough opponent, hitting her spots and had good consistency with her serves and ground strokes."
Giants #1 singles player Greta Nesbit saw her undefeated streak end as well, although three sets were needed to determine the victor. Her opponent, Avery Stilwell won the first set 3-6, but Nesbit responded in the second with a 6-1 win. In the third Stilwell came out on top 0-6 to win the match.
“Greta played a tough match....she was able to play with defense, mixing up her strokes to try and stay in each point. She had great rallies,” Seaver said.
The #1 doubles team of Emma Seaver and Darbi Dunning also fell in three sets. The duo started off strong and overcame a 1-3 deficit to win 7-5. Unfortunately they were not able to stop their Litchield competition and dropped the next two sets, 3-6, 1-6.
“Darbi and Emma did a great job of playing with offense in the first set and played aggressively,” Seaver said. “They won a lot of their points by controlling the net.”
Litchfield make quick work of the remaining matches, dealing Chloe Brandt a 4-6, 2-6 loss at #2 singles and defeating Makenna Reinhardt 5-7, 1-6 at #4 singles.
In other doubles action, Anna Pavlo/Mia Schwarz fell 1-6, 4-6 at #2 doubles and Ella Nesbit and Halle Bemmels fell 3-6, 3-6 at #3 doubles.
“I am proud of the way the girls have been focused all season on working hard and improving,” Seaver said.
The Giants are now headed into the postseason, which will include a section champion, but no state competition.
The Giants (10-1) host Glencoe (1-12) on Monday, Oct. 5 for a 4 p.m. start.