GOSHEN — The Goshen High School girls tennis team may have what could be referred to as a local version of the “Twin Towers” — the nickname from when Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon were in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets of the NBA.
Junior Amy Harris and Kayci Troyer are both around the 6-foot mark and are teamed up this season at No. 1 doubles for the Redskins.
The duo improved their record to 2-0 on the young season as Goshen defeated the Jimtown Jimmies 5-0 in a non-conference match Thursday evening at the Goshen Middle School courts.
Troyer and Harris pulled out a three-set victory by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 over Jimtown sophomores Carla Murillo and Steph Allen.
“It was a real back-and-forth match,” Goshen coach Daniel Love said. “We started off well and then our energy level dropped. We became complacent. That is a new word we learned tonight.
“We didn’t come out in the second set with the same intensity. When you lose the second set like that you have to sit back and take a look at things. You have to realize what happened.
“The third set they came out and really picked things up. That’s why they won.”
The coach decided to pair them together this season in an effort to take advantage of their size.
“Both of them play volleyball and Kayci plays basketball,” Love said. “They are great athletes. The strength of the paring should be at the net finishing points. We don’t want them to stay back. We want them to be aggressive in going to the net.
“This is the first year they have played doubles together. Amy moved up from the JV.”
Even more impressive about Harris is the fact she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee last fall during volleyball.