Pilgrims finish Trojans at Bremen tourney opener
BREMEN — Between the rain-outs this spring and their tennis draw, the Lady Pilgrims are smack dab in the middle of a pretty busy stretch.
The Northern Lakes Conference Tournament Saturday, then three straight matches in as many days this week.
It’s a good thing then, they made such short work of Triton.
Plymouth wasted little time versus the Trojans, whitewashing the challengers 5-0 in a little over an hour in the opening round of the Bremen Girls Tennis Sectional at DeSantis Courts Wednesday.
The Pilgrims will play against today versus LaVille, while host Bremen faces John Glenn in the other semifinal. The championship is slated for 4:30 p.m. Friday.
“We play again tomorrow and if we win tomorrow we play again Friday,” said Plymouth head girls tennis coach Brad Haeck. “It’s kind of already been a long week so I’m glad the girls came out focused today and ready to play and won across the board, especially getting back so late last night. Hopefully we can make this a real good week.”
The Trojans knew they were facing a tough match-up in Plymouth, which is hunting for an 11th straight sectional title and a state-leading 27th overall and surrendered a total of just five games Wednesday. Of those, Triton senior Aubrey Boardman claimed three but succumbed in straight sets to Plymouth No. 1 Erin Kinney 6-1, 6-2.
“We knew it was going to be a tough battle, but we tried to stay positive,” said Triton head coach Jenny Potter. “That’s all we really could do.
“I think our No. 1 Aubrey really battled it out, had some good rallies, and she played aggressive so I think she did a pretty good job today.”
The Trojans may have been disappointed with the result Wednesday, but they close their season out with a solid .500 dual meet record at 5-5 and will have plenty to build on next season as five of their top seven return.
“This is the best record we’ve had in awhile, 5-5, so we were pretty excited,” said Potter.
“We lose two seniors next year at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, but everybody else should be coming back. We should be pretty competitive next year, so we’re looking forward to next season.”
Plymouth, meanwhile, moves to 13-4 as it advances to take on LaVille in the semifinal today.
“We just want to take it one match at a time; you can only play one match at a time,” said Haeck. “Hopefully, we’ll be ready to play LaVille tomorrow and then hopefully we get that one done and get to the championship round Friday.”
• PLYMOUTH 5, TRITON 0
At Bremen Girls Tennis Sectional
SINGLES: 1. Erin Kinney (P) beat Aubrey Boardman (T) 6-1, 6-2; 2. Kelly Hoeffler (P) beat Arielle Clabaugh (T) 6-0, 6-0; 3. Meagan Barron (P) beat Tayler Fisher (T) 6-1, 6-0.
DOUBLES: 1. Shannon Elliott-Lindsay Renz (P) beat Britney Edington-Marissa Ross (T) 6-0, 6-0; 2. Chelsea Thoden-Marissa German (P) beat Kendall Mason-Savannah Baker (T) 6-1, 6-0.
Records: Triton 5-5 (final), Plymouth 13-4