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Warrior girls beat Lebanon for first win of season

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' tennis team hosted Lebanon on Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' tennis team hosted Lebanon on Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' tennis team hosted Lebanon on Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' tennis team hosted Lebanon on Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' tennis team hosted Lebanon on Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' tennis team hosted Lebanon on Thursday afternoon. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wilton-Lyndeborough and Lebanon were tied 3-3 after singles play Thursday afternoon, and the rain just wasn’t letting up. The weather may have slowed down the Warriors, but it didn’t stop them.

“That to me is what it’s all about,” said WLC girls’ tennis coach Betsie Sullivan. “You’re a team, you stick together, you do what you’ve go to do. And they did!”

Warrior Nos. 1 and 2, Jackie Bird and Kayla Phillips, won their singles matches handily, but found themselves in a back-and-forth doubles affair against Lebanon’s Leah Mays and Kaitlyn Chamley. The two teams took it to the limit and beyond, neither team able to put the other away, and with each passing minute, the court grew slicker.

“It got really slippery,” Bird said. “It was a disadvantage.”

If it had gotten any worse, both coaches were ready to pull their girls off the court and wait it out, potentially not finishing the match and sending the Raiders on the long ride back to Lebanon with unfinished business. But with just a few points remaining to make it official, they opted to finish it out.

Bird and Phillips kept on the same page, despite a severe reduction in their lateral quickness due to the conditions. Their opponents, however, grew frustrated.

“I thought they were pretty good, but they had a hard time communicating with each other, and they got really mad at each other,” Bird said. “We kept communicating and we stuck together and got through.”

Down 7-6, the pair won three straight games to take the win at first doubles.

The No. 3 doubles match went Lebanon’s way quickly in a 5-0 shutout, and all eyes were on the No. 2 match, which would decide it all. WLC’s Emma Krug and Erin McDonald had faced Raiders Emma Breedlove and Artemisia Delgado in singles action, and they had identified some areas to attack.

“I noticed that they didn’t have that strong of a backhand,” Krug said, “so I would try to aim to their left side more. And I noticed when we hit it down the middle they didn’t really know what to do, so I would try to spike it down the middle and left them confused.”

Krug and McDonald kept just ahead and finally put the Raider pair away 8-6 to give WLC their first win of the season. 

“It is really exciting because we played against two really strong teams before and it can crush your confidence, so this one builds up your self esteem, makes you feel better for the next match.”

The Warriors (1-2) had opened their season with losses against Bow and Conant, both still undefeated, before beating Lebanon.

“I wanted a win for the girls,” Sullivan said, just because they worked so hard! But both teams worked hard. I’m just proud of them, pretty pleased and proud of them.”

WLC is scheduled to host winless Stevens Monday at 4 p.m.