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Hot Dogs sweep Mavericks on Senior Night

By AARON KENNEDY - akennedy@ftimes.com

Four-year players Annie Giebel and Lucy Calvert were honored before the Hot Dogs’ 5-0 win over the McCutcheon Mavericks in Monday’s Senior Night match at Frankfort.

“(Assistant coach) Kelli (VanDuyne) and I were very pleased with tonight’s victory,” Frankfort head coach Scott Rohrabaugh said. “While it’s nice to win, what was even more important was the way the team played – never giving up and playing for pride in some cases, even after we had clinched the match victory. That’s important as the team heads into sectionals on Thursday. We play Rossville in our first match. We cannot take them for granted.”

Giebel played at No. 1 singles in her final home match of her career and came back from a first set loss to win in three – 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“Annie is a competitor and she never gives up,” Rohrabaugh said. “The last two sets were a study in total domination. This was a great win for Annie as she heads into sectional play.”

Frankfort juniors Emily Michael and Riley Isgrigg each won in straight sets at No. 2 and 3 singles.

“Emily played a truly great match,” Rohrabaugh said. “She and her opponent traded serves for a few games. Then Emily shifted gears, and the match was never in doubt. She served very well and, when coming to the net, she volleyed extremely well. It was a good night for her.

“Riley played another great match,” he added. “She has a very nice serve and wins a lot of games because of it. It puts so much pressure on her opponent because it’s hard to break Riley’s serve. And if her opponent’s serve isn’t as good – forget about it.”

Both doubles matches were hard-fought wins for the Hot Dogs.

“Abby and Jalynn had a tough first set (at No. 1 doubles) but managed to use their experience and good ground game to take the set in a tiebreaker,” Rohrabaugh said. “Both Abby and Jalynn have been battling nagging injuries the last few weeks, and Kelli and I are proud of their grit and determination and in the way they find a way to win. That’s the hallmark of champions.

They continued to exert pressure on their opponents and easily won the second set. I’m very pleased with both of them.

“Lucy and Rylee played a very good team and a very good match (at No. 2 doubles),” he added. “The points were very close and long. Both Lucy and Rylee have a very good serve and can hurt their opponents with said serve. This was also Lucy’s final home match. While the scores indicate, the match could’ve gone either way, but I believe that Lucy and Rylee dug deep to secure the win, not only for the team but also for Lucy. I’m very happy for both of them.”

With the win, the Hot Dogs finish the regular season with an 18-4 record.

“It has been quite a while since they’ve had this good of a season, but they also know the real work starts this Thursday at sectionals versus Rossville. Eighteen and four is a great season by any account, but I love the fact they’re still hungry for more. They’re all fighters and true competitors. Kelli and I feel blessed to be a part of this special group.”

 

At Frankfort

HOT DOGS 5, MAVERICKS 0

Singles

No. 1 Annie Giebel (F) def. Vanessa Heltzel 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

No. 2 Emily Michael (F) def. Olivia Schurman 6-3, 6-0

No. 3 Riley Isgrigg (F) def. Abby McGirt 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 Abby Pierce/Jalynn Kidwell (F) def. Bailey Burton/Alyssa Rice 7-6 (9-7), 6-3

No. 2 Lucy Calvert/Rylee Seibert (F) def. Cassidy Thayer/Layla Baker 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

Reserves

Singles

No. 1 Madison Toney (F) def. Peyton Hilbert 8-3

No. 2 Rebeca Perez (F) def. Annabelle Knox 8-1

No. 3 Lexi Benedict (M) def. Ashlyn Harshbarger 8-4

No. 4 Amanda Pendleton (M) def. Maddie Swinford 8-7 (7-4)

Doubles

No. 1 Marilu Perez/Kat Barrera (F) def. Julian Hoversland/Lauren Gebhardt 8-7 (7-3)

No. 2 Julian Hoversland/Lauren Gebhardt (M) def. Karely Santos/Raelyn Mitchell 6-1