A lineup change proved pivotal for Trinity Lutheran’s girls’ tennis team on Friday night against Brownstown Central.
The Cougars shifted some players around between singles and doubles, and as a result, defeated the Braves 4-1 at home.
One of the changes from head coach Julie Lemming was moving freshman Drew Hubbard to number three singles. Hubbard defeated Brownstown’s Kylie Eglen 6-3, 6-0.
“She had a super consistent serve,” Lemming said. “And she placed the ball today. She’s a new player, and usually that’s a skill that comes a bit later, but she placed the ball today. I think the combination of those two skills sealed the win for her.”
Hubbard, who was originally playing number one doubles this season, appears more calm in a singles position. Lemming thinks she’ll continue to do well in that spot.
As for number one doubles, Lemming moved the tandem of Katelyn Mensendiek and Kiley Zabel up from two doubles to one doubles. The duo lost to Hannah Hackman and Chelsea Luedeman 3-6, 5-7, but Lemming is confident they’ll bounce back.
The reason that duo moved up to one doubles is because Lemming tried a new combination at two doubles with Erin Enzinger and Rebekah Brown. In their first varsity match together, they beat Lydia Luedeman and Lexie Satterthwaite 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
“It was just kind of fun to watch them try to pull that off and they did,” Lemming said.
The other two points for the Cougars came from the unchanged portion of the lineup, which was at number one and two singles. Sarah Lemming beat Ava McKinney 6-2, 6-1 at one singles, and Regan Cain beat Leah Pottschmidt 6-1, 6-0.
Sarah was recovering from a cold a week ago that affected some of her matches, but she got back into a groove on Friday night.
“Sarah has had time to regroup,” Lemming said. “Sarah knows she made a quite a few mistakes (last week against Waldron), so she just tried to zone in a couple different skills tonight. She played at the net more and played much more aggressive.”
It was a solid win for the Cougars, who will next play on Monday at home. Lemming liked the changes she made to the lineup, and she believes Trinity is going to trot that lineup out there for the foreseeable future.
“I was super happy at the end of our match today,” Lemming said. “They were mentally focused across the board.”