CLAYTON — Northmont suffered its first loss of the season Tuesday, August 19 at home to one of the Miami Valley’s best girls tennis teams, Springboro by a score of 4-1.
First singles player Akilah Parker won the only match of the day for Northmont by defeating Rachel Rose 6-1, 6-2.
Springboro swept the remaining matches.
At second singles Amy Eikenberry scored a 7-5, 6-4 win over Marissa Anderson.
Christian Fote beat Kennedy Harden at second singles 6-2, 6-1.
At first doubles Courtney Hillis and Maddy Talbot defeated Hailey Weaver and Michelle Hibbard 6-0, 6-1.
In second doubles Amanda Shamp and Jessa Grossman defeated Emily Molen and Amari McCain 6-2, 6-1.
With the loss Northmont fell to 4-1 overall while Springboro improved to 3-1.
“We knew this was going to be a tough early test for us to see where we are as a team,” said Northmont Coach Christine Hall. “Springboro is one of the top teams in the area, and we are hoping to be right up there in the mix before it’s all said and done. We played well, but not well enough to pull off a win. Akilah Parker showed tonight why she is one of the best players in the GWOC…with a huge win over a great player.
“Marissa Anderson has improved so much in the off-season, and she fell a little short tonight against a veteran senior at second singles,” Hall added. “We need to learn from this match, and come out strong tomorrow night against a good Greenville team.”
And that’s exactly what transpired as the Lady Bolts scored a 5-0 road victory at Greenville.
Parker scored a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Raquel Navas-Davis at first singles.
In second singles Anderson defeated Madison Bixler 6-3, 6-0.
Harden defeated Abby Monnin 6-0, 6-3 at third singles.
In doubles play Weaver and Hibbard defeated Mallory Rich and Holly Cameron 6-1, 6-4 while Molen and McCain defeated Erin Scott and Bavi Kaur 7-5, 6-2.
With the victory Northmont improved to 5-1 while Greenville fell to 5-2.
“This was an outstanding win for us tonight! Hailey Weaver and Michelle Hibbard are starting to get that chemistry back,” Hall said. “Akilah Parker looked dominant once again tonight. Marissa Anderson and Kennedy Harden were able to put away shots when given the opportunity, giving them an edge tonight. Emily Molen and Amari McCain won a close first set, gained some confidence, and won the second set with ease.”
Saturday the Lady Bolts will compete in the Schroeder Tourney at the Schroeder Tennis Center in Tipp City at 8:30 a.m. Monday the team returns to Tipp to face Tippecanoe High School at 4:30 p.m., plays at Fairmont on Tuesday, hosts Fairborn Wednesday and Trotwood-Madison comes to town on Thursday.