The Shelbyville tennis team started the season shutting out Vandalia at their place. The Rams played their last home match of the season on Tuesday and had to charge back to beat Vandy, 5-4.

It was Senior Night for two of the Rams, Nicole Parkhill and Hannah Hicks. It was also a Maalox moment for Coach Susie Dubosz and the Rams faithful.

After shutting them out to start the season, on Tuesday Shelby lost three close singles matches by the score of 8-6. They lost another 8-3.

Ram #1 singles Layla Gill shook off her opponent. She trailed 3-2, then won 6 straight games to win, 8-3. One of the most dramatic and match-saving wins was #3 singles junior Lauren Williams.

Williams battled for 17 games and beat a senior, Rylee Velazquez, 9-8, on an 11-9 tiebreak. In a team match where every individual match turned out to be pivotal, this marathon win was huge.

Shelbyville was behind, 4-2, after singles and needed to run the table in doubles to get the win. They did. Hannah Hick and Alana Geer doubled-up Vandy’s #1 and #4 singles players, 10-4. #1 singles Layla Gill and freshman Georgia Davis teamed up for a solid 10-6 win. The team match was tied 4-4.

With the match on the line, #3 doubles came through with another dramatic win. Lauren Williams was again part of it. Williams and Trinity Turner took on #5 and #6 Vandy singles players. They battled and won by the skin of their teeth, 11-9, once again on a tiebreak, 11-9.

The first time they met this season, Gill won #2 singles and #1 doubles. This time she won #1 singles and #2 doubles. She went 4-0 against Vandalia this season. The Rams also swept Vandalia this season in doubles, 6-0.

Singles: #1 Layla Gill (11) def Riley Ward (10), 8-3; #2 Hannah Hicks (12) lost to Camille Famaree (12), 8-6; #3 Lauren Williams (11) def Rylee Velazquez (12), 9-8 (Tiebreak 11-9); #4 Alana Geer (10) lost to Grace Phipot (9), 8-6; #5 Trinity Turner (11) lost Victoria Smith (10), 8-6; #6 Camryn Durbin (10) lost to Mistie Stilt (11), 8-3

Doubles: #1 Hicks/Geer (SH) def Ward/Philpot (V), 10-4;#2 Gill/Georgia Davis (9) (SH)def. Famaree/Velazquez (V), 10-6; #3 Turner/Williams (SH) def Smith/Stilt (V), 10-9 (Tiebreak 11-9)

Exhibition: Nicole Parkhill (12)/Aleah Wallis (9) lost to Womack (9)/Rittis (9), 8-5

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