For a moment, it looked as if Mother Nature might put a halt to the festivities planned for the Hillsboro girls tennis team’s senior night.
With three of the singles matches still up in the air and in the process of a deciding third set, the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up, putting into doubt not only the introduction of the eight seniors, but the remainder of the match as well.
But on Monday, Sept. 28, Mother Nature was a Topper fan as the big downpour held off, the three singles matches all went in Hillsboro’s favor and the seniors were able to get their moment in the sun, literally, as the clouds parted momentarily for the group photo.
The 6-0 sweep not only clinched the victory for the Toppers over Monday’s opponent, Vandalia, but it also allowed Coach Jodi Speiser to play six of her seniors in the doubles matches.
Two of those teams would go on to win, giving Hillsboro a much needed 8-1 victory after tough losses to Jerseyville and Glenwood in their two previous matches.
The two doubles wins went to the team of Ella Pfeifer and Torrence Clark and the team of Tressie Clinard and Haley Major. Pfeifer and Clark beat Vandalia’s top team by an 8-6 margin, while Clinard and Major won the number three match 8-2. While they didn’t pick up a win, sisters Ally and Madi Devore kept it close with the Vandals’ number two team, eventually losing 8-5.
Four of the six wins in singles on Monday would also come from seniors. Clark won the number one match 7-5, 6-3, while Brook Ozier also won in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
Pfeifer and Meghan Garmon both won in three sets, with Pfeifer winning the number two match 6-4, 4-6, 10-4 and Garmon winning 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 in the number five match.
The other two singles wins came from Paige Lucykow, who won 5-7, 7-5, 10-2 in the number two match, and Sally Mattson, who won 6-3, 6-2 in the number four bout.
The Lady Hiltoppers will be back at home tonight, Oct. 1, as they host the Comets of Greenville High School.
Sept. 28 at Hillsboro
Hillsboro 8, Vandalia 1
Singles: 1. Torrence Clark (H) def. Gracie Philpot (V) 7-5, 6-3; 2. Paige Lucykow (H) def. Riely Ward (V) 5-7, 7-5, 10-2; 3. Ella Pfeifer (H) def. Angelica Ferranto (V) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4; 4. Sally Mattson (H) def. Samantha Rittis (V) 6-3, 6-2; 5. Meghan Garmon (H) def. Victoria Smith (V) 6-2, 5-7, 10-8; 6. Brook Ozier (H) def. Faith Bundy-Clymer 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles: 1. Ella Pfeifer/Torrence Clark (H) def. Riely Ward/Angelica Ferranto (V) 8-6; 2. Gracie Philpot/Samantha Rittis (V) def. Ally Devore/Madi Devore (H) 8-5; 3. Tressie Clinard/Haley Major (H) def. Victoria Blackburn/Delaney Ward (V) 8-2.