By GREG KEIM
---- — GOSHEN — On a chilly and windy spring evening, Goshen High School’s version of the “Twin Towers” wavered, but were still standing at the end as the Redskins defeated the Northridge Raiders, 3-2, in an NLC girls tennis match Tuesday night at the Goshen Middle School courts.
Goshen’s No. 1 doubles team of juniors Amy Harris and Kayci Troyer outlasted senior Courtney Clark and junior Mackenzie Martin 0-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3) in a marathon match that was the deciding match point.
“Amy and Kayci kept fighting back,” Goshen coach Daniel Love said. “They lost the first set 6-0 and were down 5-3 in the tie breaker in the second. In the third set they were up 5-3 before it went to a tie breaker.
“In a match with all the momentum swings as this one had it’s important to stayed focused on what you do best. You can’t get too down when you lose a point or you can’t get too high when you win one.”
Goshen had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the third set before Northridge went up 3-2. The Raiders were up 5-4 only to have Goshen tie it 5-5. The Redskins went up 6-5 but the Raiders tied it up again and forced another tiebreaker.
The Redskins took control in the tie breaker and Troyer ended the match with a shot just inside the line.
“The No. 1 doubles match came down to who made the most mistakes,” Northridge coach Angie Benneman said. “The team that made the most was going to lose. It was one of those nights. Some of Goshen’s shots fell in and some of ours didn’t. When you are ahead in a match you have to earn the victory. Nobody is going to hand it to you on a platter.
“We have a young team and we knew coming in Goshen had a tall No. 1 doubles team. We set a blazing trail by winning the first set, but I’m not really sure what happened after that. Goshen changed their game and we didn’t adjust. They started lobbing the ball and keeping us back. They made us play their style instead of ours.”
According to Love it’s the first time Goshen has topped the Raiders in his coaching tenure.
“Northridge is a school that is just down the road from us, they are a conference rival and a potential regional opponent,” Love said. “So we can’t let our season depend on this one match. We won now we have to get ready for the next match.”
Goshen took an early lead as senior Miranda Kay defeated junior Emily Hughes 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and senior Sarah Rush topped sophomore Chase Kieper 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
“Miranda and Sarah came out and got us quick points,” Love said. “That is what you want to see from your captains. It was a night where they couldn’t not play some shots like they wanted due to the weather conditions, but they still found ways to win points.”
Brenneman said. “We are not making any excuses, because Goshen won this match. But Hughes was sick. She was so sick I don’t know how she made it.”
Northridge’s points came as sophomore Kylie Frauhiger bettered junior Kathleen Morrical 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and senior Emily Erekson and senior Alexis Graber downed senior Courtney Dobrzykowski and freshman Kayleigh Crowder 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.
“We played great at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles,” Brenneman said.
No. 1 —Miranda Kay (G) def. Emily Hughes 6-3, 6-0.
No. 2 — Kylie Frauhiger (N) def. Kathleen Morrical 6-2, 6-0.
No. 3 — Sarah Rush (G) def. Chase Kieper 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1 — Kayci Troyer-Amy Harris (G) def. Mackenzie Martin-Courtney Clark 0-6, 7-6 (9-7), 76 (7-3).
No. 2 — Emily Erekson-Alexis Graber (N) def. Courtney Dobrzykowski-Kayleigh Crowder 6-4, 6-3.
Records: goshen (7-1, 2-0 NLC) hosts West Noble Friday. Northridge hosts Warsaw tonight.
JV: Northridge won 7-1. (Northridge winners; Taylor Sellers, Michaela Bontrager, Madison Schmucker, Vanessa Monstien, Mackenzie Kauffman-Vanessa Raber, Michaela Bontrager-Madison Schmucker, Alysha Homewood-Mhew Kangwansarankul. Goshen winners: Vanessa Chavarria-Elise Koop-Liechty).
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