Goshen News, Goshen, IN


April 30, 2014

PREP GIRLS TENNIS: It's a marathon

Goshen prevails in meet suspended from Tuesday night

GOSHEN — Tuesday night's NLC girls tennis matchup between Goshen and visiting NorthWood took a bit longer than usual to be decided.

A whole additional day, as a matter of fact.

The meet was postponed late Tuesday evening due to rain with the score tied at 2.

The No. 1 singles match between Goshen's Miranda Kay and NorthWood's Sydney Wysong was in the third set, tied at a set apiece with Kay leading 3-0 in the decisive third set.

The rest of that vital third set took over an hour to play Wednesday afternoon, but in the end, it was Kay surviving a rally by Wysong to win, 6-4 and tip the meet to the Redskins.

Kay said the mental preparation to finish a set wasn't really any different than getting ready for any other match.

"I was focused on school during the day, so I wasn't really thinking on finishing the match," Kay said.

When the match finally did resume Wednesday afternoon, Wysong won four straight games to take the lead at 4-3. But Kay was able to turn things around and win three straight of her own to take the match.

Kay said she expected to have to deal with long points facing Wysong — and the Goshen senior co-captain got just what she bargained for.

"She gets to everything," Kay said. "I had to try to put the ball as far from her as possible."

Goshen coach Daniel Love's squad improved to 3-0 in the NLC (9-2 overall) with the win.

Love said the difference in Kay's match came down to both physical and mental adjustments.

NorthWood coach Tif Schwartz said her team is still struggling to find consistency. She was pleased to see that her team got both points at doubles.

"We need to find a consistent third point," Schwartz said. "We can win two matches, but we can't seem to get over the hump."

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