The Hillsboro girls tennis team traveled to Vandalia on Thursday, Sept. 10, and brought home their first win of the season.
The Vandals took an early edge on their home courts as they won three of the first four matches in singles play. Paigie Lucykow picked up the lone win for Hillsboro in the number three match, beating Angelica Ferranto 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.
Lucykow’s win was one of three singles matches that was decided in the third set, with Riely Ward of Vandalia defeating Ella Pfeifer of Hillsboro 6-2, 4-6, 10-4 in the number two match and Samantha Rittis of Vandalia defeating Hillsboro’s Meghan Garmon 6-2, 1-6, 10-6 in the number four match.
Fortunately for the Toppers, they would pick up two more singles wins in the final two bouts. Sally Matson defeated Faith Bundy-Clymer 6-0, 6-0 in the number five match, while Brook Ozier defeated Delaney Ward 6-2, 6-4 to make it 3-3 going into doubles play.
In the doubles matches, Vandalia took the first match with Ward and Ferranto defeating Torrence Clark and Pfeifer 8-3. Hillsboro would win by the same margin in the number two match, with Lucykow and Mattson picking up their second victories of the day with a win over Philpot and Rittis to keep the match tied.
In the deciding match, Garmon and Ozier would blank Victoria Blackburn and Faith Bundy-Clymer 8-0 to improve to 1-1 on the season.
Hillsboro will be at home for the first time this season on Wednesday, Sept. 16, when they host Greenville. The match was originally scheduled to be played at Greenville University, but was moved to the Toppers’ home courts.
Sept. 10 at Vandalia
Hillsboro 5, Vandalia 4
Singles: No. 1 - Gracie Philpot (V) def. Torrence Clark (H) 7-5, 6-4; No. 2 - Riely Ward (V) def. Ella Pfeifer (H) 6-2, 4-6, 10-4; No. 3 - Paige Lucykow (H) def. Angelica Ferranto (V) 4-6, 6-2, 10-8; No. 4 - Samantha Rittis (V) def. Meghan Garmon (H) 6-2, 1-6, 10-6; No. 5 - Sally Matson (H) def. Faith Bundy-Clymer (V) 6-0, 6-0; No. 6 - Brook Ozier (H) def. Delaney Ward (V) 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles: No. 1 - Riely Ward/Angelica Ferranto (V) def. Torrence Clark/Ella Pfeifer (H) 8-3; No. 2 - Paige Lucykow/Sally Matson (H) def. Gracie Philpot/Samantha Rittis (V) 8-3; No. 3 - Meghan Garmon/Brook Ozier (H) def. Victoria Blackburn/Faith Bundy-Clymer (V) 8-0.
Record: Hillsboro (1-1).