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Huntington North cruises past Southwood

FIRST: Senior Jessica Henline returns a shot during her first singles matchup during Huntington North’s 5–0 win over Southwood on Wednesday.

by Eric Andrews - eandrews@h-ponline.com

The Huntington North girls tennis team continued their perfect season on Wednesday with a 5–0 victory over Southwood in the Vikings’ home opener to improve to 3–0 on the season.

Each of Huntington North’s five matchups was decided by 2–0 victories.

In first singles action, senior Jessica Henline posted a clean slate, taking both sets of her 2–0 win by 6–0 margins over Southwood’s Allison Steele.

“We had some really nice rallies and we just played out the points really well,” Henline said. “I thought we both played well (and) both were aggressive. I thought when she brought me to the net, I could put stuff away and I thought I was very aggressive and I could hit wherever I needed to.”

With the busy week the Vikings have had with matches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Henline felt she has noticed herself improving each day, something she hopes to continue with each match she plays.

Senior Emily Bokel scored a pair of 6–1 set wins to defeat Baylee Swain of the Knights in second doubles, while junior Emily Daas completed the singles trifecta at third singles by sweeping Southwood’s Makayla Murphy with two 6–0 set decisions.

The Vikings’ doubles teams also cruised to dominant wins, as senior Macy Wohlford and junior Maisy Kesler claimed 6–0 and 6–1 set victories in first doubles, while senior Crosley Stanley and junior Sydney Smekens posted 6–2 and 6–0 sets for their win in second doubles.

Head coach Blake Childs was happy with his team’s performance, especially given the team’s schedule this week.

“I’m pretty pleased with how they played,” Childs said. “This is our third match this week (and) each match they’ve got better. The things we’ve been talking about trying to improve on, I see them actually applying to the match. I’m real pleased with that.”

Childs added he has noticed his players feeling more comfortable with each match they play and has seen improvement in various ways across the board in all five positions, particularly in terms of moving their feet more to be better prepared for the ball.

The Vikings hosted South Adams on Thursday, but results were not available as of The Herald-Press’s deadline.

Huntington North will return to action when they host Marion on April 15 for a non-conference duel. The match is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.