With the regular No. 3 player out of the lineup, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls tennis team still gave Spencer a good battle, but came up short in a 5-4 loss on Monday.
The meet came down to the last doubles match as ELC lost 10-8.
"Some of our singles are rally starting to see some improvement though, which is good as we're coming to the end of the season," said ELC coach Larry Kirchner.
At the No. 1 singles, Bailey Hagen battled back from a 6-1 deficit to beat Kate Wilkerson 10-8. Maddy Burns won at the No. 2 singles by the same score, 10-8, over Piper Swanson. Amber Schacherer, moving up from No. 4 to No. 3 with Samantha Rosinger unavailable for the night, also pulled out a 10-6 victory over Tiffany Lavon.
ELC then lost a couple close matches at the next two singles and Mackenzie Wilson lost 10-6 to Kelsie Staples and Emily Jorgenson lost 10-8 to Emily Burns.
Taylor Nissen played the final varsity slot and los 10-2.
In doubles, Hagen and Burns won 10-3 over Wilkerson and Lavon. Schacherer and Wilson struggled against Swanson and Staples, losing 10-0. At the No. 3 singles, Jorgenson and Nissen fought well before losing 10-8.
In junior varsity singles play, Kaylee Nissen lost 8-2, Rachael Mueller lost 8-2, Laura Perez won 8-8 (7-4), Emily Origer lost 8-0, Macarena Cibran lost 8-3 and Mueller played a second match, losing 8-8 (10-8).
ELC is home again today against Cherokee.