The Lady Panthers finally got their home match in against Jackson on Monday, Oct. 1. Jackson won the Frontier Athletic Conference contest, four courts to one.
Miami Trace also celebrated their four seniors: Hannah Clemons, Jessica Camp, Callynne Cockerill and Breanna Eick. All of the seniors played, either on varsity or in j-v matches that day.
Miami Trace also recently competed in the Sectional tournament in Portsmouth.
First, the results from the Jackson match:
At first singles, Sydney Humphreys defeated Anita Pursell, 6-0, 6-1.
At second singles, Kenzie Humphreys beat Bayley Thompson, 6-1, 6-0.
Lilly Houser defeated Cameron Bucher at third singles, 6-2, 6-2.
Miami Trace got the win at first doubles, as Haiven Pepper and Kyleigh Slone beat Trinity Montgomery and Raquel Creamer, 6-1, 6-1.
At second doubles, Hannah Clemons and Alex King lost to Caitlin Comp and Leslie Bragg, 6-3, 7-5.
In j-v doubles, for Miami Trace, Jessica Camp and Callynne Cockerill played a match and lost, 8-4.
Bree Eick and Loryn Leisure played a j-v doubles match for Miami Trace and lost, 8-4.
Savannah Wisecup and Makailyn Calentine won a j-v doubles match for Miami Trace, 8-1.
On Tuesday, Oct. 2, Miami Trace competed in the Sectionals.
“All of our girls played hard,” Miami Trace head coach Kim Schirtzinger said. “It was great to see them put so much effort in. It was a great day of tennis there.”
At first doubles for Miami Trace, Beth Hogsett and Hannah Clemons played Katie Patterson and Karli Boland of Portsmouth Notre Dame.
“We started off well with a win of the first set at 6-4, but fell off on the second set with a loss of 5-7. The third set we ended up not being able to get any games and lost 0-6,” Schirtzinger explained.
At third singles, Cameron Bucher played Josie Ball from Jackson.
Ball took the first set, 6-2, but Bucher rallied to win the second set, 6-2. However, Ball won the third and deciding set, 6-4.
“Cameron fought hard but couldn’t quite pull it out,” Schirtzinger said.
At first doubles for Miami Trace, Haiven Pepper and Kyleigh Slone played Averi Peoples and Kirar Pickell from Vinton County.
Miami Trace lost the first set, 6-3. Pepper and Slone trailed 1-3 in the second set, but came back to make it 4-5. Vinton County won the last game to take the set and the match, 6-4.
Bayley Thompson played second singles for Miami Trace and had a bye in the first round.
Thompson’s first match was against Ella Bennington of Logan Elm. Bennington won the match, 7-6, 6-1.
At first singles, Anita Pursell had a bye in the first round before meeting up with Isabel Cassidy from Notre Dame.
Pursell won the first set handily, 6-1. The second set was more of a challenge, but Pursell prevailed, 7-6 (7-4).
In the next match, Pursell faced Elizabeth Timmons of Circleville. The match started at 5:40 p.m. and their were so many duece points that the match had to move to another court after the first set to get under the lights.
Pursell took the first set, 7-6 (8-6).
Timmons won the second set, 6-2 and then took the third set, 6-0. The match finished at 8:30 p.m., making for a very long day as the Miami Trace players departed for the tournament at 6 a.m.