The Northview Knights dropped a close 3-2 tennis decision to visiting Plainfield on Monday night.
After graduating five of seven regulars from last season the Knights got strong efforts from a handful of newcomers who have made the jump to the starting varsity lineup.
Despite falling in their No. 1 and No. 2 spots to Plainfield, Trace Hassler (No. 1) and Melissa Miller (No. 2) showed great improvement from the junior varsity squad last year.
"Trace (Hassler) and Melissa (Miller) were both playing at around No. 3 on the junior varsity team last year," head coach Tom West said. "I think both of them have showed a lot of progress getting to where they are now."
Kristy Backfish handled her opponent, Kerri Thomas, at the number three singles position, 6-4 6-3 to narrow the Quaker's match advantage to 2-1.
At number two doubles, Sarah Cox and Rachel Deal won their match 6-0, 6-3 over Katie Ubereto and Emily Wesseler, but Heather Palmer and Megan Love weren't quite able to overcome Rachel Fleck and Katie McCoy of Plainfield. Palmer and Love dropped a two set decision, 4-6, 4-6.
In junior varsity action, Ramey Hayes and Kristen Hauser defeated Shajea Khan and Ellie Hall in doubles play, 6-4, 6-2.
Madason Stevenson fell 4-6, 0-6 in JV singles and in doubles Laura McCrea and Stephanie Clark lost a 3-6 5-7 match.
The Knights next match will be on Wednesday night as they host Terre Haute South at 5 p.m.