There was no truth to the rumor that Dorothy and the Tin Woodman played mixed doubles, but it was close to being that windy on the Carroll tennis courts Monday.
It was awful, Canterbury’s No. 1 singles player Leah Barnes said. When you tried to toss the ball to serve, the ball would go left. You had to lower your toss like two feet. It was bad.
Despite the conditions, Canterbury’s 16th-ranked Cavaliers held on for dear life against Carroll, 3-2.
Senior Paige Bixler, Canterbury’s No. 2 singles player, broke a 2-2 team score in the afternoon’s final match with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Carroll junior Ashley Hoagland, winning the tiebreaker 12-10.
I’m more of a bigger hitter, Bixler said. The wind really got under my ball, and therefore it sailed a lot. It was a disadvantage to my game and ended up benefiting (Hoagland) a lot because she’s a very consistent player, and I really struggled with that.
Canterbury had two points in on a 6-3, 6-4 win by Barnes at No. 1 singles and the 6-4, 7-5 win by the No. 2 doubles team of Lauren White and Helen Li. Carroll’s two points came at No. 3 singles Catherine Curtis, who won 6-3, 6-4, and at No. 1 doubles; Mackenzie Schoeff and Audrey Mallers, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
By the time Bixler and Hoagland were the only players on the courts, the wind had subsided somewhat but not entirely.
I assumed it was down to me, and the wind was really hurting me, Bixler said. I had to make smart decisions instead of just whaling on the ball. It was at the end. I more figured it out at the end and got into a pattern.
Canterbury coach Jerry Gerig also noticed a pattern.
I think we learned about things we need to work on, Gerig said. For some of them, footwork’s going to become more important than it shows on a windy day.
I thought Paige did a great job. I think she wanted to be more aggressive but couldn’t in this wind. She adjusted well. In a tight match, she kept her cool. From that standpoint there were some good things.
While Canterbury remained unbeaten after five matches, the loss was the first for the Chargers (3-1).
It was good experience for everybody – for us, to know that we can compete with somebody that’s supposedly a level above us, Carroll coach Kyle Stoffel said.