PLYMOUTH — Three wins in three days.
The rain has played havoc with Plymouth’s Northern Lakes Conference schedule, but its hasn’t been as devastating to the Lady Pilgrims as they’ve been to their NLC foes.
Up against a condensed stretch of conference meets, Plymouth earned its third straight win in as many days with a 4-1 conquest of visiting Concord at home Friday, following back-to-back home wins over Elkhart Memorial and Warsaw to move the Pilgrims to 4-0 in the NLC and 7-1 on the season.
“We got a huge win over Warsaw on Wednesday and we got a win over Memorial last night, and we knew Concord was much better than last year for sure, and they’re definitely better than Memorial,” said Plymouth girls tennis head coach Brad Haeck. “They gave us a real tough match tonight, so we’re lucky to come out with the win.”
Kelly Hoeffler and Meagan Barron beat their opponents at No. 2 and 3 singles 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-4, respectively, while Shannon Elliott and Lindsay Renz put away Erica Warren and Kathrin Bennett 7-4 in a second set tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles to win in straight sets of 6-4, 7-6 and make Plymouth’s No. 2 doubles match academic. Marissa German and Chelsea Thoden added a win there for good measure, however, recovering from a 7-5 first set loss to trump Taylor Angle and Victoria Miller 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.
“I don’t know that we played our best tennis at every position, but we somehow found a way to get it done,” said Haeck.
“That’s the good thing about Plymouth is we don’t have girls that play year-round all the time, but we have girls that play other sports and are competitive and really play to win and find ways to win even when they’re not maybe playing their best tennis.”
It’s been an exhausting stretch for Plymouth, and they showed some wear Friday, but it wasn’t enough to affect the outcome for the NLC-leading Pilgrims.
“I think sometimes it’s hard to keep that intensity up match after match when you’re playing every day for three, four days in a row, but I’m confident that we can hopefully be focused every time out,” said Haeck. “I know we haven’t been able to practice much at least outside in the last couple weeks to work on things, but I feel like at least we were definitely focused on Wednesday and we were definitely focused tonight.”
• PLYMOUTH 4, CONCORD 1
Singles: 1. Kailee Queener (C) beat Erin Kinney 6-1, 6-3; 2. Kelly Hoeffler (P) beat Hailey Stiver 6-0, 6-0; 3. Meagan Barron (P) beat Katie Showalter 6-1, 6-4.
Doubles: 1. Shannon Elliott-Lindsay Renz (P) beat Erica Warren-Kathrin Bennett 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) 2. Marissa German-Chelsea Thoden (P) beat Taylor Angel-Victoria Miller 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.
Records: Plymouth 7-1 (4-0 NLC), Concord 5-3 (2-2 NLC).
JV score: Plymouth 8, Concord 5.