Woodland expected a challenge from Sequoyah in girls high school tennis play Tuesday and it got it.
The Lady Wildcats lost their first matchup of the year, 4-1, and their coach hopes her players accept the results as a challenge to improve their games and keep pursuing a top seeding in their subregion.
“We knew Sequoyah would be tough, and we weren’t disappointed,” girls head tennis coach Beth Heath said.
Woodland picked up a victory at the No. 1 doubles line and showed dramatic improvement at the No. 1 singles position from a year ago, she noted.
Ashlyn Walker and Deanna Dodson defeated their No. 1 doubles opponent, 6-3, 7-5.
Heath said Christy Turner, the Woodland No. 1 singles line player, presented a bigger challenge Tuesday against Taylor Dodd, her counterpart.
“Christy was defeated 6-4, 6-2 but played an incredible match, even on the losing side,” Heath said. “She played Taylor point for point and took her as close as she could take her.”
Heath said Taylor Dodd is one of Sequoyah’s twins who plays singles tennis.
Taylor and Morgan Dodd, the twins, have already been signed by a Division I college in South Carolina to play at the next level next year, she said.
“They are both are really good players,” she added.
Woodland’s Gloria Gore lost to Morgan Dodd, 1-6, 1-6 at the No. 2 singles position.
At the No. 3 singles position, Sadie Westberry was defeated 2-6, 1-6.
“This really wasn’t Sadie’s night,” Heath said. “She didn’t have her best game.”
At the No. 2 doubles position, Chandler Still and Kaylee Salter had a tough match. They won the first set, 6-3, but lost the next two, 3-6, 3-6, the coach said.
“Sequoyah is a stronger team than they were last year,” she said. “They have a lot more depth.” Heath said her own team should try to grow stronger after the loss.
“I’m hoping this wakes them up,” she said. “I have a good, deep team, capable of making a run for first. I hope this doesn’t knock them down.”
Woodland, with drops to 5-1 on the season, is off today but returns to the net Thursday at home, where it will entertain Dalton.