By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The chilly temperatures and windy weather conditions on Tuesday evening weren’t exactly suited for tennis, but Bethany High School Athletic Director Benjamin Hurst said, “We just wanted to get a match in.”
So far this spring season the vast majority of events have been postponed or cancelled so it was rather usual to have the Goshen girls tennis team hosting the BC Bruins Tuesday evening at the Goshen Middle School.
The more experienced Redskins posted a 5-0 win over the somewhat inexperienced Bruins.
Goshen returned five letterwinners from last season and many of them found themselves in a different position in the lineup on Tuesday.
“Our lineup will probably change again,” Goshen coach Daniel Love said. “We have only had about a day and a half to be outdoors to play any challenge matches. I kind of used tonight’s matches as challenge matches to see how well the girls would play at certain spots.
“All things considered this was a nasty day to play tennis, but I was pretty pleased with what I saw tonight. There are some things we have to work on, but that is to be expected since most of our practice has been indoors.”
First-year Bethany coach Rachel Lanctot said, “We were happy to get a match in today. Most of our practice has been indoors and there is only so much you can learn that way. It was good experience for us to get outdoors and get a match in.
“We don’t have much experience. We returned three players from last year’s varsity lineup and just six from last year’s team. We have some girls that have never played tennis before. We had one girl in our varsity lineup that played her very first match tonight. This is going to be a growing year for us.”
The Redskins (1-0) are slated to play at Jimtown tonight.
Junior Miranda Kay posted a 6-0, 6-3 win over Bethany junior Brooke Hershberger at No. 1 singles. She was at No. 2 singles last season.
“Miranda did just fine at No. 1,” Love said. “She has not had a lot of time to work on her serve. That is one area of the game that is hard to work on indoors.”
Senior Lisanne Scheffers, an exchange student from The Netherlands, recorded a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Bethany senior Ming Woo at No. 2 singles.
“Lisanne is kind of a question mark for me. She has played a lot of tennis at home, but tonight was the first time I’ve seen her play,” Love said. “With only the one match it’s still a little hard for me to know what her strengths and weaknesses are.”
Redskin junior Sarah Rush notched a 6-0, 6-1 win over senior Sadie Gustafson-Zook at No. 3 singles.
“Sarah was on the JV a year ago,” Love said. “She gets just about every single ball back and makes her opponent hit another shot. That is a winning strategy in tennis. She is quick and athletic. Sarah defeated a pretty good player in Gustafson-Zook.”
Goshen seniors Emily Halley and Ali Peters posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles over juniors Liz DeLeeuw and Lynea Brubaker-Khaethler. Peters played No. 1 singles and Halley No. 3 singles last season.
“We decided to try them at doubles. When you put two of your better players together it’s a bit of a risk since you need three points to win a match,” Love said. “They were very aggressive.”
Last year’s No. 1 doubles team of senior Leah Shetler and sophomore Kayci Troyer posted a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 over senior Stacie Park and freshman Alisha Thomas.
“When you can take your No. 1 doubles team from last season and move them to No. 2 it feels good,” Love said. “Leah and Kayci make a good doubles team. Leah is good with her ground strokes while Kayci is good at the net. I would like to keep them at No. 2 but that could change.”
No. 1 — Miranda Kay (G) def. Brooke Hershberger 6-0, 6-3.
No. 2 — Lisanne Scheffers (G) def. Ming Woo 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Sarah Rush (G) def. Sadie Gustafson-Zook 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — Emily Halley-Ali Peters (G) def. Liz DeLeeuw-Lynea Brubaker-Khaethler 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — Leah Shetler-Kayci Troyer (G) def. Stacie Park-Alisha Thomas 6-1, 6-0.
Records: Goshen (1-0) at Jimtown tonight. Bethany (0-1) is idle until hosting Central Noble on Tuesday, April 9.
JV: Goshen 5-1. (Goshen winners: Allena Odum, Liz Erickson-Amy Harris, Ali Miller-Christina Chavarria, Megan Ewing-Annika Bontrager, Melissa Stees-Alexa Gonzalez. Bethany winner: Hyein Kwon).