Playing short-handed due to an injury, the Tiger girls’ tennis team fell last week Thursday to a tough Plymouth squad 5-2.

   But, as they have been all season, the Tigers were buoyed by their top doubles squads.

   The No. 1 duo of Elle Lewis and Hadley Neper won convincingly 6-0, 6-1, a result coach Breck Speers found surprising given that the last time Lewis and Neper faced a No. 1 tandem from Plymouth, the score was much closer.

   “They were dead even [last time]. So [my assistant coach and I were] just kind of wondering why their No. 2 doubles seemed to be stronger than their No. 1 doubles,” Speers said.

   “But it’s a great win at No. 1 doubles; they’ve had a great season. They’ve lost very few matches, especially in conference, and I’m hoping they’ll have a chance to do well in sub-sectional.”

   As Speers alluded to, Ripon’s No. 2 doubles team, which has been dominant in 2019, found itself in a dogfight against Plymouth, but ultimately won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

   The coach, though, noted that it’s not unusual for the tandem of Layne Neuenfeldt and Abby Cody to go hot and cold at times before pulling out a victory, even against tougher opponents.

Read the full story in the Oct. 3, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.