Tennis isn’t always the main priority for Clyde basketball standouts Amanda Cahill and Lexi Weber.
But, each time the Fliers’ duo takes to the tennis courts, coach Jeff MacFarland always knows what he’s getting: Two kids that love to compete.
Normally, No. 1 doubles partners, Cahill and Weber were split up to play singles matches on Thursday at Ross. Cahill won 6-2, 6-2 at first singles, while Weber won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles in the Fliers’ 4-1 non-league victory.
“Obviously, we don’t put in as time with tennis as others on our team do but we love to play when we can,” said Cahill, who was named the Division II state player of the year in basketball the previous two seasons and will play at Indiana University next winter. “I think we’ve been having good practices where we’re trying to get better. Me and Lexi have been doubles together again, but we’re also trying to get our singles games better as well.”
Together, Cahill and Weber — two-time SBC doubles champions and state qualifiers in 2011 — lost a single match and earned their second straight sectional crown last fall, before being denied a return trip to state with two losses at the district tournament.
“We’re not dwelling on last year,” Weber said. “We’re just looking ahead. We lost to two good doubles teams with a lot of tennis experience at last year’s district tournament and all we can really do is learn from it. Getting back to state is our top goal.”
Emi Bowers and Andrea Nearhood played first doubles on Thursday in their place, topping Ross’ Emmie Moyer and Bailey Druckenmiller 6-1, 6-1. The doubles sweep by the Fliers was finished off by Brooke Smith and Clara Sewell topping Aubrey Fox and Jessica Giardina 6-2, 6-0.
“I think we’ll have an all-around solid team,” Weber said. “Andrea and Emi are both solid singles players, who, like me and Amanda, also play well together in doubles.”
Ross got its lone win from senior Emily Hamilton, who fought back from 2-6 loss in the first set to win the second set 7-5 and the tiebreaker 10-5 as she topped Clyde’s Brianna Baughman in third singles.
“I’m very proud of Emily with this being her first time playing singles after being strictly a doubles player last year,” Little Giants coach Lisa Wolfe said. “It’s nice knowing we can count on her to play third singles when we need her to but still know what she gives us on the doubles court.”
Hamilton played with Lauren Emirch as a junior. The duo was 20-14 and made districts.
“I’m feeling pretty positive about my serving this year. I have a strong serve.” Hamilton said. “Hopefully my cross-court shot will catch up.
“I’m just excited to see how this year progresses and see how we do.”