News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Rachel Shattler gave Lakewood's Anjelica Williams all she could handle Tuesday, before falling in the Class 2A Regionals.
published: Friday, April 12, 2013
Lady Dragons see great run end
By DAN HOEHNE
The overall result might have been expected, but looking just past the surface shows the growth experienced by the Lady Dragons of the tennis court this season.
The team fell by a 7-0 count in the Class 2A Regionals Tuesday to visiting Lakewood of St. Petersburg.
But even pitted against a school from such a large area rife with competition, it wasn't a series of shutouts along the line.
In each singles slot, 1 through 5, Lake Placid picked up at least one game win in each set.
And Rachel Shattler, at No. 5, gave Anjelica Williams fits before falling 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.
"The girls played the best tennis I've seen all year against a very, very good opponent," head coach Jennifer Giguere said. "They kept their expectations high and stayed committed to every point."
That resolve shone through in both doubles matches as well with both matches being pushed to tie-breakers.
Hannah Waller and Stephanie Rodriguez fell at No. 1 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), and Claire LeBlanc and Jenna Blount pushed KC Shelton and Alie Dangar to a similar result, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
"We had a big turnout at the courts and a lot of community support," Giguere said. "I'd say we gave Lakewood a bit of a surprise and I'm very proud that I was able to take Lady Dragon tennis further than they've ever realized."
Lake Placid finishes the season with an overall, impressive 10-3 record, with Shattler leading the team with nine wins on the year.
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