Megan Berry won that match for the Truckers and Norwalk rolled to a 4-1 road win over Perkins on Monday in a key Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division contest.
"Our girls played real tough," Higgins said. "Both teams knew it was going to be hot out here. I knew coming in it was going to be a close match."
Berry topped freshman Emma Lynch, 6-3, 6-2.
"You don't have a freshman playing first singles a whole lot," Higgins said. "Emma is going to be very good. Megan managed to solve her today. Emma has a great game."
At second singles, Gabby Horowitz toughed out a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win for the Truckers (7-1 overall, 3-0 SBC).
Norwalk also picked up both wins in doubles action. At first doubles, Jordan Gran and Sela Berry slipped past Ryleigh Keller and Diana Schoder, 6-2, 7-5.
At second doubles, the duo of Mara Berry and Alexa Moore rolled past Perkins' Katie Koch and Abriye Skelton, 6-1, 6-0.
"It was a very tough Norwalk team," Perkins coach Greg Avery said. "It is exactly what I expected. They are tough in all five positions and they are well-coached."
The only win for the Pirates (4-1, 1-1) came at third singles where Dehvin Shumate outlasted Lauren Metcalf, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.
"That was nice so that they did not get shutout," Avery said. "We know we have to play them again, so we will get better and maybe get them next time."
The two teams are widely considered the top two teams in the league race and Higgins noted how early in the first round of the league matchups this meeting was.
"It is not ideal for either team to play early in the rounds," Higgins said. "With it being Perkins' first home match, we knew they would be ready to play."
Avery just tried to keep it simple for his girls, knowing there will be another meeting in Norwalk later this season.
"The girls knew how good of a team Norwalk is," Avery said. "I did not try to emphasize it too much. We wanted to treat it as just another match."
Monday’s win was the first of what is shaping up to be a big week for Norwalk. After hosting Vermilion today, Norwalk entertains Willard (4-1) — heavy favorites in the SBC Bay division — on Wednesday.
The Truckers cap by the week by hosting their annual doubles tournament — rescheduled from Aug. 18 because of inclement weather. Willard will also be at the tournament, along with Bellevue, Edison, Clyde, Findlay and Shelby.