The RHHS Tennis Teams are officially ready to begin post-season play. The athletes finished regular season play with a split against a formidable South Effingham.
The girls lost to the number five state ranked group.
Emily Stephens did not yield easily to a great lead-off singles player. Two sets of ads and deuces and one and a half hours of court time, Emily left the court proud of her play.
Fiona Baer, at the No. 1 slot dropped her match after a two and a half hour marathon. Baer, tired after her recent oral surgery, played strong but finally bowed out in the third set. Sofia Donleavy struggled to find an opening but dropped her match.
The doubles slot has been varied for the last 4 matches. The team of Emily Li and Cristina Rodriguez showed promise but dropped a heated match. Nicole DuPasquier and Lauren Trivitayakum also fell in two sets.
The Wildcat boys had little trouble taking down the Mustangs 5-0. Michael Zhu, Chris Noonburg and Jason Trankle all took their matches at singles in two sets, giving up very few points. In the doubles categories, Nic Balas and Ethan Allen scored a two set shut out. John Rush and partner Kyle Guither played flawless tennis and closed out the match with successive shut-outs.
The teams are looking forward to the region playoffs this week at Richmond Hill.
The teams have not been determined in the Northern Tier, but it is likely that the boys will play Harlem for the Region Championship and Number 1 state seed. The girls will probably face Cross Creek and then St Vincent for a possible 3 or 4 state seed.