Thursday, September 28, 2017
Fairborn High School
Stebbins High School
The Fairborn Girls Tennis team enjoyed a successful day on the courts at the GWOC Silver Flight tournament in Troy on Thursday. Everyone succeeded in winning at least one of their three scheduled matches and at a couple of spots the girls went undefeated on the day.
“The girls had a really good day overall at the GWOC Silver flight. McKayla Lyons won all three of her matches at the #3 singles spot, as did the duo of Amanda Wilson and Katelyn Byczkowski at #1 Doubles. Paige (Murry) won two of her three matches. Tiana Thomas won her first match before tweaking her ankle again, and then at #2 doubles Rita Chien and Abby Lafferty started off the day with the highest seeding of the team and faced a slightly tougher road, but they still won one match and had a very good showing overall.”
At #1 singles, Paige Murry won a friendly rematch with Grace McClellan from Xenia 8-4, before dropping a close 6-8 set to Stebbins. Murry closed out her day with a 9-8 (10-3) win over West Carrollton.
At #2 singles, Tiana Thomas won her opening match against Trotwood, 8-6 but tweaked her previous ankle sprain in the process. Thomas played on, but with limited mobility she went down to a 3-8 loss to Xenia and then a 2-8 loss to Piqua… both of these being girls she had defeated handily earlier in the season.
One of the stars of the day for Fairborn was McKayla Lyons who cruised to an 8-3 win over Xenia and an 8-1 against Piqua before gutting out an 8-6 win over West Carrollton. In her usual fashion, Lyons was the last one on the courts. “I didn’t get to see much of the singles action because I was with the doubles teams, but I was able to watch the last three games of McKayla’s match, and she went from being down 5-6 to winning the last three games. I was proud of how she played. It was obvious that she had a plan, a strategy for what she wanted to do and she carried out that plan to perfection in those last few games”
At doubles, Amanda Wilson and Katelyn Byczkowski also enjoyed a great day, as they swept through their bracket with wins over Piqua (8-2), Trotwood (8-1) and Xenia (8-4).
“We don’t talk alot about these two girls because they just kinda quietly go out and win their matches, but they have gotten so much better as the year has gone on. Katelyn has figured out that she likes being at the net and playing really aggressive, and Amanda does a great job back on the baseline, chasing everything down that Katelyn doesn’t get to, and it works for them.”
At #2 doubles, Rita Chien and Abby Lafferty started off their day by facing the #1 seeded doubles team from Tipp City. Although the score (1-8) wouldn’t indicate it, this was a good match. The duo then faced a tough team from Wayne, dropping a competitive 5-8 score. In their final match of the day, Chien and Lafferty defeated Stebbins 8-3.
“This team has come a long way since the beginning of the season. We started out with one girl who had ANY varsity experience, and now here we are winding down the season and we have six wins as a team, and all of these girls personally have at least 6 or seven wins overall. I think if you would have told us we would be in this position two months ago we would have been thrilled. The scary thing is that there are a handful of matches that we would love to have back, where due to injury or absence or just a couple of bad days, we could easily have 9 or 10 wins.”
The Skyhawks wrap up their regular season on Monday when they host Sidney in a GWOC match. Sectionals follow on Tuesday and Wednesday to wrap up the season.