The Northview varsity tennis team dropped a close 3-2 matchup with Plainfield on Monday evening though the JV squad flipped the results for a 3-2 victory.
The doubles teams earned both victories as Ramey Hayes and Kellsy Maurer won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Jazmine Kellum and Abby Smith won 6-2, 6-4.
Northview narrowly missed the victory as Madason Stevenson went to tie break in her opening set before losing 7-6 (7-4) and falling 6-2 in the second set at No. 2 singles. Sarah Cox dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision at No. 3 singles. Heather Palmer lost a 6-2, 6-2 decision in the No. 1 spot.
"We have been plagued with sickness and injury for the start of our season," commented new head coach Emily Goff. " We have had five girls out over the past 4 days. So I am hoping everyone gets better and we can get our team set."
The Northview tennis team kicked off the 2006 season by competing at the Floyd Central Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The Knights got off to a sluggish start, getting swept by Bloomington South, but rebounded strongly for a shutout of Sullivan before losing a tight, 3-2 match with the host Highlanders.
In the opening matches, the Knights had a tough time with the Panthers, but despite not winning a set, still played tough in each individual matchup.
At No. 1 singles, Heather Palmer dropped a 4-6, 1-6 decision against Cam Thompson who advanced to the second round of individual regional play last season, posting a 17-3 mark overall.
Sarah Cox went deep into the first set against Lieu Thompson, but eventually fell by a 5-7, 1-6 margin. In No. 1 doubles play, Kristen Hauser and Kellsy Maurer fell 2-6, 4-6 to Megan Malay and Kristy Cartwright.
In the afternoon's second match, the Knights played a tough Sullivan squad that didn't give up any ground.
Palmer opened up with a 6-4, 6-3 decision against Kendra Howard and at No. 2 singles, Madason Stevenson fell in the opening set, 2-6, but rallied to pick up the second two sets, 6-3, 6-2. At No. 3, Cox opened with a 6-2 victory before Rachel Catline came back to take the second set at 6-4. However, Cox bore down to take the deciding final set by a convincing 6-1 margin.
In doubles play, Hauser and Maurer won the opening set 6-2 before Sullivan squared it up with a 6-4 win in the second. The third set went to tie break where Northview earned the 7-3 decision for the victory. In No. 2 doubles play, Jazmine Kellum and Abby Smith took the victory 6-3, 6-3 for the shutout.
The day's final match was a tough loss for the Knights, but Palmer earned a decisive victory at the No. 1 spot, downing Emma Laduke by a 6-0, 6-0 count and Cox won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
Floyd Central however got the win at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2, No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-1 and No. 2 doubles, 6-3, 6-3 for the team win.