AVON — With her teammates tensely and nervously awaiting the outcome of every point, Plainfield’s Arden Allen came through for her squad. With the Quakers’ match in Thursday’s tennis sectional semifinal against conference rival Mooresville tied at 2-2, Allen overcame leg cramps and enormous pressure to down her opponent 7-5, 6-4 and advance Plainfield into today’s sectional final.
“I was like ‘This is my night, I’m going to win this no matter what,” Arden said. “I didn’t want to lose my last match if this was our last match.”
Plainfield coach Keith Bradley had been patiently waiting all year for this moment to come.
“Arden has had such a tough season and she has battled and battled,” Bradley said. “To come up with a win like this after playing so many three set matches and coming up just short, I can’t say enough about that kid. She fought through cramps, she fought through could she really get this done and made a believer out of herself and what we’ve been trying to tell her all season. Great to see that come together.”
Mooresville took a 1-0 match lead as Meghann Fitzpatrick downed Carrie Copeland 6-2, 6-2 in No. 1 singles.
Plainfield’s Kristen Lees and Jessie Rigdon gutted out a 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 1 doubles after that.
The Quakers then took a 2-1 edge after Audrey Koeberlein bested Mooresville’s Molly Fitzpatrick 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.
Mooresville, who had beaten the Quakers 3-2 earlier in the season, tied the match 2-2 as its No. 2 doubles team defeated Plainfield’s Bailey Jackman and Betsy Gillenwater 6-2, 7-5.
Up one set, Allen fell behind 3-2 in the second and then took a 4-3 advantage before going up 5-3.
That’s when the leg cramps set in.
Allen rallied back after giving up a game and finished off the Pioneers’ hopes of defending their sectional title.