Lady Fliers Maintain Altitude, Sweep Willard

By Dan Woodlock
Times-Junction Sports Editor

When Clyde took flight at the start of Monday night's tennis match against Willard, the Lady Fliers made sure they didn't have their head in the clouds the rest of the way.

Clyde (5-0) dealt Willard a 5-0 shutout at the Willard Athletic Complex. The Lady Fliers also took the five varsity matches in straight-set fashion.

Andrea Nearhood topped Willard's Jammie Tuttle, 6-2, 6-2, at First Singles, and was joined by her teammate, Emi Bowers, tallying a 6-3, 6-0 win against Willard's Hannah Brown at Second Singles.

Marissa Gill capped the run of singles wins for Clyde and defeated Hannah Belmares at the Third Singles position, 6-2, 6-1, marking the first loss for the WHS senior in eight matches this season.

In doubles action, Willard's First Doubles tandem of Alivia Parrott and Claire Wiers also suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Clyde's Brooke Smith and Clara Sewell, 4-6, 3-6, to stand at 8-1 overall.

The Lady Fliers completed the match sweep with a positional sweep at Second Doubles, as the team of Jane Kardotzke and Melissa Laconis took all 12 games to win, 6-0, 6-0, over Janelle Brubaker and Jessica Beamer.

"I thought Jammie played the best out of our line-up tonight," said Willard Head Coach Lori Parrott. "She just does a nice job of hanging in there and competing. You can never tell by her expression whether she's winning the match or behind.

"She frustrates even the best players by the way she competes," added Parrott. "She definitely brings out the worst in some of the best."

Clyde also swept up every junior varsity match on the night. But Willard junior Maria Leal, playing in the final match of the night at singles, nearly pulled herself out of a 4-1 hole, rallying to win three of the next four games, only to see Clyde turn a slim 5-4 edge into a 6-4 victory.

While the numbers weren't pretty for the Lady Flashes (4-2, 1-0), the benefits of playing a non-league foe like Clyde could potentially be seen when Willard dives back into NOL play this week, at Ontario and Bellevue.

"It's good for us to have a competitive match like this to go into," said Parrott. "We hurt ourselves, as well, tonight with too many unforced errors."

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