Lady Trojans edge Whitko

BOURBON — Triton’s girls tennis match with Whitko Tuesday was a win-win: The Lady Trojans got the match victory, 3-2, and the Wildcats’ style provided them a sort of sneak preview of tonight’s conference opponent LaVille.
Triton won in straight sets on both doubles courts and at the 1 singles position at home to move to an even 2-2 on the young season.
Junior Marissa Ross jumped on Whitko’s Abby Marshall with a 6-0 victory in the first set before outlasting her as she battled back in a 6-4 second set in the 1 singles flight to clinch Triton its third match point and the team win, while the sisters tandem of Kendall and Kaelyn Mason beat the Wildcats’ No. 1 team of Candice Swick and Whitney Hobbs 6-1, 6-2, and Savannah Baker and Brooke Baker remained unbeaten this year with a pair of 6-0 wins over Bailey Baugher and Elizabeth Sheperd at 2 doubles.
“All three played very well tonight. They all hustled, hit the ball, kept their heads up. Two dubs are 4-0, they’re undefeated, and they’re looking good for the rest of the year,” said Triton head coach Jennifer Potter.
“(Ross) really just kind of kept it back to her, kept her moving, kept it consistent tonight. That’s what she needed to do to win. She did a good job of being aggressive at the net also. Two dubs did a really nice job at the net, putting the ball away, passing shots. One dubs, Kaelyn does a nice job at the back. And at the net, keeping it going, hustling all the time, that’s kind of their strength.”
Whitko’s defensive style of play afforded the Trojans an opportunity to prepare for tonight’s opponent LaVille — which claimed its first win of the season Tuesday with a 3-2 win over Tippecanoe Valley — as the two schools jump back into Northern State Conference play tonight at Triton.
“I think tonight really kind of helps us prepare for LaVille,” said Potter. “Whitko plays a lot like LaVille, so it kind of gave us a good heads up for what’s coming tomorrow night and what to expect a little bit and how to play our opponents. Nice, easy ground strokes, keeping it back and not really hitting the ball too hard, that’s kind of what I mean. We’d like to get that conference win tomorrow, definitely.”
At 2-2, the Trojans are off to a solid start to the young tennis season, especially considering their youth.
The team boasts only two seniors in Kendall Mason and Brooke Baker while Holly Stogsdill and Carrie Slabaugh are both making the leap from JV to No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, and Kaelyn Mason joins the varsity lineup as a freshman.
“We had a lot of our seniors not come out this year so a couple of our sophomores have had to step up from JV to varsity; it’s kind of been a big shock to them. The freshman coming up and playing 1 doubles, she’s done a nice job, so it’s kind of a building year for them kind of learning the basic rules and skills for next year,” Potter said.
“So far our season’s going well. Our girls have always tried 100 percent and kept a good attitude. We’re looking pretty good at 2-2 right now. Where we’d like to be this time of year.”
At Bourbon
Singles: 1. Marissa Ross (T) beat Abby Marshall 6-0, 6-4; 2. Aressa Taahwell (W) beat Holly Stogsdill 6-4, 6-1; 3. Laura Hippensteel (W) beat Carrie Slabaugh 6-1, 6-3.
Doubles: 1. Kendall Mason-Kaelyn Mason (T) beat Candice Swick-Whitney Hobbs 6-1, 6-2; 2. Savannah Baker-Brooke Baker (T) beat Bailey Baugher-Elizabeth Sheperd 6-0, 6-0.
Record: Triton 2-2
JV score: Triton 1, Whitko 1