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Lady Cougars spear Spartans in double header

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

The girls tennis team at Pulaski County High School has stepped up their game the past two seasons, and after two wins Wednesday over Salem, they now hold a record of eight wins and six losses for the season.

 

Recent bad weather has caused plenty of scheduling problems for the Lady Cougars, who have had a busy week playing four matches in three days.

 

Monday they hosted Cave Spring, a team that shutout the Lady Cougars in their first meeting, 9-0. This time the Lady Cougars were able to put up a better fight, falling 6-3.

 

The first seed doubles team of Madeleine Hyduke and Sydney Covey fell 6-0. The second seed team of Ella Hyduke and Breanna Lytton lost 2-6. The third seed team of Allyson Meek and Brooke Sutherland won their match 6-2.

 

In singles action Madeleine Hyduke lost 2-6 in the one seed match. Lytton won the second seed match 6-2. Meek lost the third seed match 2-6, Sydney Covey lost the fourth seed match 2-6 and Sutherland lost the five seed match 4-6. Ella Hyduke won the sixth seed match 6-3.

 

“We lost the Cave Spring match 3-6, but we showed a lot of improvement from our first matchup with them,” Lady Cougar Head Coach Brandon Lawson said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we competed against a really good team. Our goal is to continue improving each match. We want to go 1-0 each day.”

 

The Lady Cougars showed more of that improvement Tuesday, defeating Carroll County 5-1.

 

Madeleine Hyduke and Covey won the top seeded doubles match 8-5. Ella Hyduke and Lytton won the second seed match 8-3. Meek and Sutherland won the third seeded match 8-2.

 

In singles action, Madeleine Hyduke lost the one seed match 4-8. Lytton won 8-2 in the second seed match. Meek took the third seed match 8-3. Covey won the fourth seed match 8-3. Sutherland won the fifth seed match 8-1 and Ella Hyduke won the sixth seed match 8-3.

 

Wednesday was the big day, with a double header on tap against Salem. The Lady Cougars made the most of their opportunity, sweeping Salem in both matches 6-0, 6-0.

 

In doubles action the team of Madeleine Hyduke and Sydney Covey won both one seed matches by a score of 8-2. Ella Hyduke and Lytton won the two seed matches 9-7 and 8-1. Meek and Sutherland won the third seeded matches 8-1 and 8-2.

 

The attack continued in singles action. Madeleine Hyduke won the first one seed match 6-5, but the second match was not played. Covey won the second seed match in the first meeting 8-3. Sutherland took the first third seed singles match 8-0. Lytton won the second seed match in the second matchup by a score of 8-0. Sutherland won her singles matchup in the second match 7-1. Ella Hyduke wrapped up the day with an 8-5 win in the final singles match of the second set.

 

“I’ve been saying all year that this team has a fighting spirit in them, and they come out to play day in and day out,” Lawson said. “It continues to pay dividends for them. We’re 8-6 now with two matches left. We’re going to keep focusing on each match, one day at a time. This team is just plain special. It has been great to watch them develop and mature into the team they have become.”

 

The Lady Cougars are set to wrap up a busy week today with a home match against Patrick Henry. Tuesday they will travel to Hidden Valley for the regular season finale. All matches are set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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