The Louisa Lions tennis teams closed out their season with a trio of district matches, taking on the Fluvanna Flucos, the Monticello Mustangs and the Albemarle Patriots.

The boys’ tennis team hosted the Monticello Mustangs on May 12. Lee Sisk and Caleb Saul picked up a win for the Lions, defeating Collin Barnett and Pierce Whitaker 8-4 in the number one doubles match. 

“They played a great match,” said Head Coach Gregory Palmer. “It was a great victory based on determination.”

The Lions lost the match 5-1. Sisk took five games in the number two singles, falling 10-5, while Sisk took two games in the number one match. Livingstone Sitzman won three games in the number three singles match, coming up short 10-3.

The Lions were back at home on May 13, falling to Fluvanna 6-0.

Sisk won four games in the number two singles match, falling 8-4, while Isaac Molinarez took one game from Jay Lyons in the number four contest. Sisk and Saul picked up three games in the number one doubles match and Sitzman and Molinarez took one in the number two match.

“The boys played a tough match,” Palmer said. “They stuck with it and did well.”

The girls’ team traveled to Fluvanna on the same night, falling 7-2. Abbie Hopkins won her singles match 8-4 and Josie Walker and Katelynn Jones teamed up for an 8-5 win in the number two doubles match.

Walker took six games in her singles match, coming up short, 8-6, and Jones won four games in the number four singles match. Ashlynn Harding, Krystal Timberlake and Lucy Campbell each won one game in their singles matches, and Timberlake and Holly Norton won a pair of games in the number three doubles match.

“It was really tough for the girls,” Palmer said. “Sarah [Schulte] had a reaction to the vaccine and then Josie didn’t feel well. Abbie did a fantastic job, as usual.”

The Lady Lions hit the road on May 14, traveling to Monticello. Schulte picked up a win in the number one singles match, defeating Carrie Devine 8-3. Hopkins and Walker each won three games in their singles matches, while Harding won two games and Timberlake won one in the number five and six singles matches. Hopkins and Schulte joined forces in the doubles matches, taking four games before falling 8-4.

“Sarah played a good aggressive match and won her number one singles quite handily,” Palmer said. “Abbie at number two played tough as well, as did the whole team. I’m very proud of the girls; they did a great job.”

Both teams closed out their seasons with matches against the Albemarle Patriots. The boys played on the road, while the girls were at home. The Patriots won both matches, defeating the girls 9-0 and the boys 6-0.

Schulte took three games off of Mia Shea in the number one singles match and Hopkins picked up a pair of games in the number two contest. Campbell scored five wins over Megan Kennedy in the number six singles match, while Jones won two at number four and Harding won one in the number five contest.

Jones and Walker won two in their doubles match and Hopkins and Schulte won one.

For the boys, Sisk and Saul battled back in the number one doubles match, winning four straight games before falling 8-4. Molinarez and Sitzman took one in their match, and Sisk and Molinarez each won one game in their singles matches as well.

“Both the boys and the girls played a tough match,” Palmer said. “Caleb and Lee played a great match in the number one doubles, so we were really proud of them. The girls also played a tough match and they had a good time. It was a good way to end the season, and we’re looking forward to next year.”

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