To start the third week of competition, the Lady Indians took on some local competition, hosting Savannah High School. It was a beautiful day of weather and tennis with your Central Indians coming out on top 9-0.
Starting off the doubles play was the still undefeated Number One Doubles Team of Eugenia Rodriguez-Savage and Bailey Colgan. There was a lot of great play between these two, resulting in some good rallies and quick finishes to propel them to victory, winning 8-3.
At the second doubles position was the pairing of Alisha Gupta and Caitlin Eivins. After a rough first match together last week, these two were able to put the ball in play a much more effectively and use their tennis smarts to put themselves into position for the win, taking it 8-1.
At number three doubles was Lauren Anthony and Kate Proper. After a few matches as a pair, these two are starting to put some quality match play together and building on some chemistry, looking to take it further as the season goes on, winning 8-2.
Starting off singles was number one Eugenia Rodriguez-Savage. Eugenia played in the most entertaining and exciting match of the night against close friend and competitor, freshman Iris Alvarez. These two went toe to toe with each other exchanging games back and forth leading to a very competitive and tightly contested tiebreak. Eugenia was able to fend off Iris in the end, winning 9-8 (6).
Moving up in the rank order was Bailey Colgan coming in at number two singles. Bailey came out with an aggresive mindset and was able to win a lot of the key points, resulting in a win 8-3.
Third up at number three singles was Alisha Gupta. Alisha came out firing that awesome serve of hers and using her ferocious forehand to pin her opponent deep as often as possible, winning 8-1.
At four singles was Caitlin Eivins. Caitlin found herself in a competitive battle of who could be more consistent. Being in her senior year, she was able to rely on her 4 years of high school experience to persevere in this one, winning 8-6.
At five singles was Lauren Anthony. Lauren hasn’t really put together how she wants to play singles this year, but definitely took a step in the right direction today, playing with a lot of confidence and swagger, using that to coast to victory, winning 8-2.
In the final singles match of the day at number 6 was Emilia Rodriguez-Savage. Emilia is another player starting to find her singles rhythm, using a lot of unconventional tactics to get herself in the win column, winning 8-1.
The girls are starting to gain more confidence as the season progresses and look to continue doing so into the conference portion of the season.
“I couldn’t have asked for better weather and for how the girls were able to play. When we have a strong start in doubles, it only leads to us having that confidence to be able to let it loose in singles and play how we know we can play. Give credit to Savannah not being at their healthiest, hanging in there with us, and keeping serveral of these matches close.”
The Indians hope to use their recent successes to get them a win in their first conference dual of the season.
Next up is another home match vs Oak Park at 4pm on Tuesday September 15.
Central – 9
Savannah – 0
Doubles – 3-0 Indians
1. Eug Rodriguez-Savage/Colgan (Indians) over Alvarez/Schussler (Savages) 8-3.
2. Gupta/Eivins (Indians) over Rudel/Huffman (Savages) 8-1.
3. Proper/Anthony (Indians) over Weaver/Briner (Savages) 8-2.
Singles – 6-0 Indians
1. Eug Rodriguez-Savage (Indians) over Alvarez (Savages) 9-8 (6).
2. Colgan (Indians) over Schussler (Savages) 8-3.
3. Gupta (Indians) over Rudel (Savages) 8-1.
4. Eivins (Indians) over Weaver (Savages) 8-6.
5. Anthony (Indians) over Briner (Savages) 8-2.
6. Emi Rodriguez-Savage (Indians) over Huffman (Savages) 8-1.