A break is not always a bad thing as evidenced by the North Lincoln Lady Knightsâ€™ beating the West Lincoln Rebels 8-1 Thursday. The Knights had not played or practiced for a week before Thursdayâ€™s win.
Northâ€™s No. 1 seed LeAnna Young beat Caroline Farris 3-6, 6-1 and then won a tiebreak 7-3 to give the Rebels a good start. Unfortunately, the rest of her teammates couldnâ€™t follow suite.
Sarah Long, No. 2 for North, beat Nochol Mick 6-3, 6-1. Lady Knightsâ€™ No. 3 seed Jordan Kinney defeated Abby Cole 6-2, 6-4.
Rebelsâ€™ No. 4 seed Anna Watson played a close match against Hannah Mozeley before losing 4-6, 6-2 and 7-3 (TB). Northâ€™s May Eisner beat Kelly Carter 6-3, 4-6 and 7-4 (TB).
Nataleigh Hitt closed out singlesâ€™ play for North Lincoln defeating Mara Rudisill 6-1 and 6-2 to clinch the match.
In doubles, Farris/Kinney beat Young/Mick 8-6. In the No. 2 slot, Long/Mozeley defeated Cole/Watson 8-6 and Eisner/Hitt closed out the match with a 8-6 win over Carter/Jarji Eller.
North Lincoln head coach Julie Mills was impressed with her girlsâ€™ performance.
â€œWinning 8-1 was a great achievement for us with such a long break,â€ she said.
â€œThe girls gave 100 % and never gave up. Ultimately, their hard work and determination paid off,â€ she added.
The Lady Knights up their record to 7-3 on the season. North Lincolnâ€™s next match will be Monday as they host North Lincoln.
by John Mark Brooks