Holland Christian’s Hope Rhoades outlasts Holland’s Libby LeFebre in a tennis showdown

More often than not, the No. 1 singles matches are the first in the lineup to finish in a high school match.

At the highest level, the difference between players is magnified, leading to quick matches even between strong opponents.

Monday’s rivalry match between Holland Christian’s Hope Rhoades and Holland’s Libby LeFebre was the last to finish – by far.

The back-and-forth match was one of the closest No. 1 singles matches among area teams in years. Rhoades used a couple key shots and key service breaks to hold off LeFebre 7-5, 6-4 and lead the Maroons to an 7-1 win at Holland Christian.

Rhoades is the third sibling in her family to play No. 1 singles for the Maroons and was the top player last year, using that experience to her advantage.

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