The 2017 tennis season started perfectly for the Aurora Lady Houns, as coach Ray Perry’s team went undefeated in its first two matches.
The Lady Houns traveled to Neosho on Monday, picking up nine wins in nine tries. Number one and two players Grace Fairchild and Sarah Woodall defeated their opponents by 8-2 scores, while number three Hannah Estes won 8-0. The four through six matches were all won by scores of 8-1 — by Sydni Simpson, Alexis Hoftiezer and Lauren Sapiens, respectively.
Aurora won all three doubles matches by the same score (8-2), as well. Fairchild and Woodall earned the win for the number one doubles spot, while Estes and Simpson paired up in the number two and Hoftiezer and Sapiens earned the number three win.
Coach Perry noted the big turnaround for the team since last season, as the Lady Houns fell against Neosho without winning a match in 2016.
After the big road win, Aurora returned home on Tuesday to its brand new tennis courts on the high school campus, where the Lady Houns turned around another result from last season.
The match against Lamar last year was a close one, but the Lady Tigers eventually came away with a 5-4 win. This year, however, the Lady Houns blanked their Big 8 Conference foes 9-0 for the second win of the season.
Fairchild and Sapiens picked up 8-1 wins, while Estes and Hoftiezer rolled to 8-0 results. Woodall and Simpson played closer matches but eventually won 8-4 and 8-3, respectively.
Aurora again swept the doubles matches, as well, with Fairchild/Woodall winning 8-3 while Estes/Simpson and Hoftiezer/Sapiens each won 8-4.
The Lady Houns will take their perfect record to Webb City on Friday and to Greenwood on Monday before returning home for a match with Springfield Catholic next Thursday.