Tipp tennis tops Troy: Tuesday tennis roundup

Troy’s Cady Rhea hits a forehand Tuesday against Tippecanoe.

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Tippecanoe’s Dakota Schroeder hits a backhand Tuesday against Troy.

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Troy’s Esha Patel hits a return Tuesday against Tippecanoe.

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Tippecanoe’s Mira Patel follows through on a shot Tuesday against Troy.

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Troy’s Elizabeth Niemi follows through on a forehand Tuesday against Tippecanoe.

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Tippecanoe’s Mia Tobias hits a backhand Tuesday against Troy.

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Troy’s Katie Bertke follows through on a shot Tuesday against Tippecanoe.

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Tippecanoe’s Riya Patel hits a volley at the net Tuesday against Troy.

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Troy’s Taima Rajab hits a shot Tuesday against Tippecanoe.

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Tippecanoe’s Katy Shultz winds up for a shot Tuesday against Troy.

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Troy’s Madailein Logan hits a volley at the net Tuesday against Tippecanoe.

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Tippecanoe’s Eliza Zweizig hits a return Tuesday against Troy.

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Troy’s Josie Romick hits a forehand Tuesday against Tippecanoe.

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TIPP CITY — In two seasons in the Miami Valley League, the Tippecanoe tennis team still has yet to drop a match.

This year? The Red Devils have only given up one court all season.

Tuesday, the Devils leaned on their experience and also some young talent to put away a sweep of Miami Division rival Troy, winning 5-0 to improve to 16-0 with only two matches remaining in the regular season.

“To be 16-0, you’ve got to contribute a lot to it. And the girls, they love tennis. They play it all year round,” Tippecanoe coach Kaci Matthews said. “They take pride in what they do on the court every single night.”

The Trojans (12-4), meanwhile, knew exactly what they’d be facing heading to Tippecanoe Tuesday.

“I said at the beginning of the year that they’re the best team in the league,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “I feel bad for them that they didn’t get to play the Oakwoods and Alters and some of the better teams in the area. I’m sure they would’ve liked to see how they would have done.

“We had a good Senior Night yesterday (Monday), and we’ve gotten a lot of kids some varsity experience this year.”

Tippecanoe has been able to use different lineups this season, too, getting its large crop of younger players some early experience.

“It’s a blessing — we had 10 freshmen coming in this year,” Matthews said. “And, take it for what it is — this season has not been ideal — but we’re using it to our advantage in multiple different ways. One of those has been getting multiple girls the opportunity to play at the varsity level, get them the experience that they would get on a lot of other teams. A lot of girls on our JV ‘A’ team would be playing varsity on other teams.

“We’re going to have some changeover next year with Dakota (Schroeder) and Amelia (Zweizig) leaving us — those two are huge to our program. We’re going to have to somehow fill those gaps and play at the level we feel we can, even without their presence.”

At first singles, senior Schroeder defeated Josie Romick 6-0, 6-0. And at first doubles, senior Zweizig and younger sister Eliza Zweizig defeated Troy’s Cady Rhea — the lone senior in the lineup for Troy on Tuesday — and Esha Patel, 6-0, 6-1.

At second singles, Mira Patel defeated Elizabeth Niemi 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Mia Tobias defeated Katie Bertke 6-0, 6-2.

Troy had a chance to take a court from the Devils at second doubles, but Tippecanoe’s Katy Shultz and Riya Patel outlasted Madailein Logan and Taima Rajab in a supertiebreaker, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (6).

The win leaves Tippecanoe one game ahead of 15-1 Butler in the MVL standings with two matches to go. Tippecanoe can clinch a share of the league title at Sidney Thursday, then it hosts Butler Monday and can win the championship outright before the postseason begins — where the Devils will lean on their experience once again.

“I think that’s a huge positive. They all know what sectionals and districts are all about, and they all have personal goals that they’re working toward,” Matthews said.

Troy, meanwhile, travels to Stebbins Thursday and then closes out the regular season Monday at home against Piqua.

“We have played a lot of matches, and I’ve gotten a lot of kids some varsity experience,” Goldner said. “If we have good fortune against Stebbins and Piqua, I’m going to be pretty happy with our season.”

Greenville 4,

Piqua 1

PIQUA — The Piqua tennis team fell to 7-9 Tuesday, losing to Greenville at home 4-1.

At second doubles, Grace and Hannah Pleasant won 6-3, 6-2.

At first singles, Arabella Partee lost 6-0, 6-1. At second singles, Izzy King lost 6-4, 6-3. At third singles, Paige Stumpff lost 6-3, 6-2. At first doubles, Cassie Arnett and Lauren Hicks lost 5-7, 7-6 (2), 1-0 (3).

Piqua hosts Fairborn Thursday before finishing the regular season at Troy Monday.

Wapakoneta 5,

Lehman 0

WAPAKONETA — Lehman (1-9) faced a tough Wapakoneta (13-1) team on the road Tuesday, falling 5-0.

At first singles, Liann Trahey lost 6-1, 6-0. At second singles, Annie Stiver lost 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Mary Lins lost 6-1, 6-1.

At first doubles, Macie Verdier and Taylor Reineke lost 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Madi Gleason and Lilly Williams lost 6-1, 6-0.