The Rolla tennis team continued an extremely busy week when they hosted Lebanon on Thursday, Sept. 7. The Lady Bulldogs needed every point they could get against Lebanon and pulled of several comebacks in singles to win 5-4.
The night started with some great doubles matches. The widest margin of victory in doubles came at number one, where Laura McCutcheon and Diya Allada fell to Hannah Lowery and Zephanie White 8-6. Number two singles provided Rolla with their lone win, but they had to fight through a tough tiebreak to get it. With the match tied at eight, Rolla won the tiebreak 7-3 to take the game 9-8. Olivia Burken and Rylee Kriete took the loss as number three, but they gave Skyler Maynor and Ashton Arthur a good game before falling 8-6.
The singles matches were a series of great back and forth matches. Kathleen Beetner finished her match first with a great 8-1 win at number six to tie the match at two, but Lebanon won at two and three to take a 4-2 lead. Rylee Kriete then posted a great 8-6 win over Maynor to close the gap. Rachel Butz finished next by coming back from being down 0-3 to win 8-6 and tie the match at four. Diya Allada trailed 4-5 but turned things around for an 8-6 win over Megan Adams to win the match 5-4.
"This was our third match in a row this week, and I had almost written it off as a loss. The girls remained true to our team identity of working hard for the entire match regardless of the score and pulled out a huge conference and district win," said head coach Joe Schisler. "This match didn’t end until just about dark. There was some contention about line calling and players calling balls immediately. I think everyone was on edge in what looks to be a fun rivalry for the next few years. We just continue to have great leadership and grit. And our players are all improving their games, their skills, their fitness, and their mental approach. Amazing group of ladies."
The Lady Bulldogs finally got a day off on Friday before hosting the Rolla Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 9.