Horizon’s Abby Wohlford was certainly on her game last week on the Horizon High School tennis courts. However, the rest of the squad couldn’t come through as hoped as the Hawks had their wings clipped by Lightning, 6-1.
Wohlford won, 6-1, 6-0, to improve to 7-2 on the season in Number one singles with her victory against the Hawk’s Isabelle Boucher. Boucher dropped to 2-4 in a match that only took 45 minutes and certainly much quicker than either player had envisioned.
“I felt strong today with both my forehand and backhand strokes working well,” Wohlford said. “I’ve been serving better, that’s for sure. It’s fun to play Isabelle as we’ve known each other for a long time. Right now, I’ve got to be concentrating on my game to get ready for a chance at state.”
Boucher knew from the start she was in for a rough go on the court.
“Abby has just gotten so much better since the start of the season, but it’s certainly fun to play against her,” Boucher said. “Her serve came in flat against me and I just couldn’t seem to get them up.”
Alex Le, Horizon’s coach, knew that it was going to be a tough day all around, but he had nothing but confidence in his No. 1 ace player.
“Ashley’s a junior and just seems to bring up her level every year,” Le said. “She has just made so much great improvement. We certainly hope she qualifies for state and I think her confidence will lead her in that direction. I just love the way she covers the court with so much determination.”
Legacy’s coach, Glenn Gielas, had also hoped for a closer match between the opponents top players, yet he certainly was well pleased with the way the rest of his squad handled it’s matches.
“Isabelle was not as consistent as she has been in the past matches,” Gielas said. “She and Abby have fun against each other. Abby was certainly in fine tune today.”
From there, though, the day belonged to Legacy as the Lighting struck.
Sisters Daryl and Josie Mitzel won their respective No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches. Daryl defeated Horizon’s Morgan Fischer, 7-5, 6-1 while Josie came through with a 6-0, 6-6 (7-1) victory. It certainly took Daryl longer to beat Fischer as their first set took one hour, 15 minutes.
“I felt we were pretty even in our match,” Daryl Mitzel said. “I was off to difficult start, but I just was able to dig down and finally follow through. I’m feeling confident and certainly want to finish the season on a good footing. I’m 6-1 right now.”
Fischer dropped to 7-3 on the year with the loss.
“That was my longest first set of the year,” Fischer said. “I just need to stay consistent and smart. I was able to stay with her through that first set and we had some great volleys. I just want to go strong the rest of the season.”
Josie Mitzel got off to a quick start in her match against Crouch, but she found the going a lot more strenuous in her second set.
“We just seemed to play slower in the second set and she came back,” Mitzel said. “I just wanted to also take my time and not rush. I wanted to place my shots and stay motivated.”
“My first set was one in which I didn’t seem to react well,” Crouch said. “In the second I was able to adjust, but couldn’t pull it out at the end. It wasn’t that bad of a match, though.”
The only match to go three sets came about at No. 1 doubles. Horizon’s Savannah Bundy and Kelly Fodness zipped to a 6-3 victory against Legacy’s Ellie Puls and Sabrina Grough, but lost the next two sets, 5-7, 4-6.
“They were certainly very competitive against us,,” Puls said. “We just had to hold our heads high and go against their best shots. After that first set, we got ourselves under control.”
Added Grough, “They gave us a good match. But Ellie and I were able to work off of each other and to make our shots count. It was a tough match all the way through for us.”
Legacy’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Antonela Miocevic and Amanda Bagnato defeated Horizon’s Leilani Osmundsen and Lindsey Wilderman, 6-2, 6-4. One thing here, just getting the girls names right is a fun thing to accomplish.
“We played smart, our timing was on and we were consistent,” Miocevic said. “They gave us some fine competition and it something you want to have at this time of the season.”
“We made small mistakes at the net,” continued Bagnato. “We’ve practiced hard this season and that’s helped things work out well. We just want to get our play at the net going in the right direction.”
Legacy’s No. 3 and No. 4 doubles were able to make short work on the court this time around. The No. 3 combo of Holland Russo and Jessica Wentworth defeated Horizon’s Lauren Martinez and Julian Hosner, 6-0, 6-1. At No. 4, Megan Atkins and Marianne Selle beat the Hawks Portian Peter and Payton Swinbank, 6-0, 6-0.
“We were really moving our feet and I have a good teammate with Jessica,” said Russo after the duo improved to 4-2 on the season. “Today we were really coming together.”
Said Wentworth, “We were also playing with a lot of fun and hitting the ball where we wanted it to go. We just didn’t want them to strike hard or get back in the match.”
Atkins and Selle upped their season record to 5-2 and again, this match didn’t take a long time.
“We worked well and connected with each other on the court,” Atkins said. “We’re not where we want to be, but we were able to get the points in good fashion.”
“We never played together before this season,” said Salle, who is an exchange student from Havgesund, Norway. “That’s because this is the first season that I’ve ever played high school tennis. We don’t have this back home. It’s made my year so much more enjoyable.”
LEGACY 6, HORIZON 1
No. 1 singles: Abby Wohlford, H, defeated Isabelle Boucher, 6-1, 6-0. No. 2 singles: Daryl Mitzel, L, defeated Morgan Fischer, H, 7-5, 6-1. No. 3 singles: Josie Mitzel, L, defeated Jordan Crouch, 6-0, 6-6 (7-1). No. 1 doubles: Ellie Puls/Sabrina Grough, L, defeated, Savannah Bundy/Kelly Fodness, H, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. No. 2 doubles: Antonela Miocevic/Amanda Bagnato, L, defeated Leilani Osmundsen/Lindsey Wilderman, H, 6-2, 6-4. No. 3 doubles: Holland Russo/Jessica Wentworth, L, defeated Lauren Martinez/Julian Hosner, H, 6-0, 6-1. No. 4 doubles: Megan Atkins/Marianne Selle, L, defeated Portian Peter/Payton Swinbank, H, 6-0, 6-0.