The pressure was on the shoulders of Elizabeth Dean and Lola Homiston as they took their spots on the court facing their Century opponents, Maya Kubsad and Ashley Kindem. It was the second to last doubles match of the tournament and if played right, would clinch the Midgets as the day's victors.
In a back and forth battle that saw tremendous play from both teams in the first frame (6-3), a tough second set (7-5) nearly led to a tie breaker set, before ultimately being settled through the remarkable composure of the DHS side as they methodically broke the will of Century duo
The doubles win by Dean and Homiston elevated the Midgets over Century 5 to 4.
Each match for the young Midget varsity team has been a rung on a ladder to success as they continue to push through the threshold with eyes on the WDA tourney. Dickinson stands tied at third place with St Mary’s Central, each 2-1 in conference play.
In single play, Valeria Bradley again showed her strength as the Midgets’ star player garnering an easy victory over senior Blake Zander, 6-3, and 6-1. Bradley's undefeated season record is 3-0 in singles conference play.
Great shots were on display in each of the co-captains' matches, Emma Dazell (6-3, 6-3) and Dean (6-1, 6-4) as well as their number four Lola Homiston (6-3,1-6, 6-0). All three winning sets that defined their quality and worthy of their top spots on the squad.
Sophomore Julianne Kadrmas performed remarkably in a competitive loss going 5-7, 6-4 and 3-6 in a match that showed that the younger athlete can perform when called upon. Sophomore Rachel Dazell performed admirably in a sweep loss going 4-6 in two games.
Though the underclassmen played admirably, their play was not enough to get the advantage over their opponents in singles competition, giving Century the confidence to try and steal control of the day going into the doubles.
Bradley and E. Dazell’s teamwork was underwhelming as the duo appeared out of sync relative to their previous performances, as Patriot seniors Zander and Riley Lembke stormed ahead to win decisively 1-6 and 4-6.
The surprising performance of the Patriot duo in the first doubles match weighed on Dean and Homiston, who despite the pressure came in clutch in picking up the final win needed to decide the overall outcome.
R. Dazell and seventh grader Shayna Klitzke lost the final match of doubles, but with the victory was already in the bag. The duo were able to relax and play with a focus on working out the kinks in their game.