Until the 2008 season, Morris and Minooka faced each other in Southwest Prairie Conference play. Now, the schools compete annually in a nonconference girls tennis dual.
The current Redskins made quite an impression on Minooka coach Jessica Carter in the process of defeating Carter’s Indians 6-1 on Thursday afternoon.
“This is probably the best I’ve ever seen from Morris,” Carter said. “I had heard a rumor that they were good, and the rumor was true.”
Morris won all three singles matches in two sets. Megan Davy defeated Lily Benig 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1; Emma Dingbaum defeated Janile Rogers 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2; and Bridget Bryne defeated Rachel Schoell 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3.
“[Davy] really brought her game to a whole different level today, just with her movement and placement of the ball, which are things we’ve been focusing on in practice,” Morris coach Becky Ortega said. “[Bryne], who usually plays first singles on J.V., she did an awesome job as well.”
The Redskins were just as dominant in the top two doubles matches.
Their No. 1 team of Monica Davy and Leah Lines won 6-1, 6-1 over Alyssa Aspan and Lacey Viano. Their No. 2 team of Savannah Carter and Carly Williamson won 6-2, 6-0 over Gabby Muir and Shannon Norton.
“I think when we serve and volley a lot, then a lot of our points end quicker and we win the majority of them,” Lines said. “We tried to do more of that today, and it worked really well.”
Minooka claimed its lone victory in the third doubles match. There, Claire Dobry and Abbey Kirkpatrick were beat by the Morris tandem of Mary Bush and Alyssa Larsen 6-2 in the first set, but Dobry and Kirkpatrick won the final two sets 6-2 and 10-3.
“They started out very well, which I was intimidated,” Kirkpatrick said of Bush and Larsen. “We definitely started hitting better as the game went on and making harder shots.”
Tess Hatteberg and Sarah Roth of Morris were 6-3, 7-5 winners over Kathleen Bailey and Aly Israelsen in the fourth doubles match.
“The girls played good,” Carter said. “They kept the points going. It wasn’t a washout or anything.”