Strong efforts continue to be the theme for Robinson High School's girls' tennis team, but they were unable to bring home the big hardware Saturday (Sept. 21).
The Lady Maroons came up just short in their effort for a third straight tournament championship, as they finished second at the Casey-Westfield Doubles Tournament.
In the tournament, every game won counted as a team point and Robinson was able to amass 133 of them to finish behind only Teutopolis, who won the tournament with 164. Paris came in third with 105, followed by Flora (95), Casey-Westfield (85), Charleston (76), Mt. Zion (60) and Newton (59).
"I was very proud of all of our girls and how competitive they were throughout the day," RHS head coach Steve Jenkins said. "
Robinson was led by their No. 3 team of Mia Hargis and Sarah Staller, who won their flight after scoring 44 of a possible 49 points.
"Mia and Sarah had an incredible day," Jenkins said. "After six matches they had won 40 of 42 games, but so had Teutopolis and their last seven games were going to be against each other to decide the winner. Mia and Sarah were in this same exact position last year, but after splitting the first six games they lost the secventh game to T-town. This year we had a different ending with Mia and Sarah winning four of the first five games to clinch first place. Their play today was outstanding. They were just so consistent, making very few unforced errors, saving potential winning shots hit by the other teams and setting up winning points. It takes a large amount of physical and mental stamina to play that long and that many games."
Meanwhile, the No. 2 team of Stevee Walker and Ella Dorfmueller finished second with 34 points, the No. 4 team of Destanee Liston and Lisa Henry finished third with 31 points and the No. 1 team of Alysha Clements and Lucy List came in fifth with 24 points.
"Stevee and Ella are really playing well as a team," Jenkins said. "Ella was hitting some beautiful winning shots down line. Destanee and Lisa only won four of their first 14 games, but had some strong play at the net and their communication and court movement got stronger throughout the day. Alysha and Lucy could have finished in a triple tie for third with one more win."