MIDDLEBURY — The Northridge Raiders battled fatigue, heat, wind and the Plymouth Pilgrims in a 4-1 NLC high school girls tennis victory Thursday evening at Northridge.
Three of the five varsity matches went three sets on the first really hot night of the season.
“About the only time I’ve ever seen three sets like we had tonight is at regional or semistate,” Northridge coach Angie Brenneman said. “Plymouth is always up for a fight. They always have strong doubles teams and very athletic players.
“We have played every night this week and fatigue is starting to set in. You can see it in our legs. On top of all that darkness was starting to set in.”
Northridge is in the process of constructing a new building at the tennis complex that will house a concession stand, rest rooms and storage space.
“They were working on the building and turned the power off,” Brenneman said.
The longest match of the night was at No. 2 doubles where Raider senior Alexis Graber and junior Mackenzie Martin outlasted Libbie Portteus and Lanae Singleton 6-7 (6-8 tie breaker), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6 tie breaker). The match began around 5:30 p.m. and didn’t end until 8:45.
On top of every thing else it was “Senior Night” for the Raiders.
“It was nice to be able to send the seniors out with a win tonight,” junior Emily Hughes said.
Hughes recorded the match-winning point with her 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Erin Hunter of Plymouth at No. 1 singles.
“My match started out more of a power game before going to more of a control game,” Hughes said.
One of the turning points in the match was one that actually caused Hughes to lose a game.
“My opponent fell on a point and I was so worried about whether or not she was OK it cause me to lose the game,” she said. “It has been a long week and after her fall I kind of got my second wind.