There were some highs, some lows and some sassy serves with emphasis.
Callie Shelton did what she could. She played some hot and cold tennis. She went from winning shots to some shoddy strokes.
Shelton ventured in and out of trouble, and she still found a way to win on a day when she could have lost. Shelton lumbered around the court, but she scored some critical points when she had to.
And the Callaway High senior showed some leadership and some guts in an 8-6 win over Temple tennis ace Hannah Godfrey in the girls No. 1 singles match on Thursday afternoon in Hogansville.
Godfrey made Shelton work for the win. It was not easy.
“She was a different kind of player. She was hitting it low, and she was shooting some short balls. I just pushed hard. I used my high backhand, and I rolled my forehand (shot),” said Shelton.
Godfrey was emotionally and physically wasted at the end of the singles match at the Callaway High Tennis Complex. Godfrey played some good and bad tennis in the very same pro set match.
“I hate losing, but she (Shelton) is a good player. She worked the corners. I’m a good player, too. This was about hustling, and it was sometimes about luck,” said the 6foot-2 Godfrey.
Junior Katie Phillips of Callaway High did some figuring out, and some serving and some backhanding, too. Phillips found her niche and her shots en route to an 8-3 victory over Lady Tiger sophomore Rori Sims in the girls No. 3 singles match.
Phillips thought the match through before ever playing it. She had a tennis plan.
“My forehand was good. I got the ball over the net. My serve was decent. I hit the ball deep,” said Phillips.
She also swung the racket with feeling. Phillips was talking with her tennis racket.
“I hit some cross-court shots,” said Phillips.
The Callaway High girls tennis team went on to a 3-2 win over Temple on the Lady Cavaliers senior day. The CHS girls are now 4-4 on the season and 4-1 in the region.
“We showed up and worked. We swung the rackets. We are moving forward, and we can compete in the region,” said Callaway High head tennis coach Jacob Brannen.
The Lady Cavaliers were rocking and finishing in No. 2 doubles as well. The Callaway High doubles team of Charity Musik and Yu Jung Jang played all out in an 8-0 blanking against the Temple twosome of Sophia Platero and Carley Conn.
Callaway High did lose, however, at No. 1 doubles. The Lady Cavalier tandem of Sammanthia Webster and Nancy Rosenthal dropped an 0-8 match against Temple senior Lindsay Green and junior Leah Pablos.
Lady Cavalier junior Kelly Lin also lost, 3-8, against Lady Tiger senior Jordan Perrine at No. 2 singles. Lin competed, but struggled. She will have better days in the near future.
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