Midgettes open season against tough SLO squad
With five players in Estherville Lincoln Central/Emmetsburg’s varsity lineup, the Midgettes’ first match against Spirit Lake/Okoboji wasn’t an easy one.
SLO returns three state qualifiers from a year ago and the visitors swept ELC 9-0.
“SLO is the top team in the (Lakes) conference, but I thought we competed well with five new players in the lineup,” said ELC coach Larry Kirchner.
ELC’s best matches came at the No. 1 and No. 6 singles.
Erin Olson, ELC’s returning state doubles qualifier, took on one of SLO’s state doubles qualifiers, Aubry Kolegraff. While the two players entertained with several quality points, Kolegraff won 10-5.
“Erin and Aubry had a lot of deuce games,” said Kirchner. “I know Erin was disappointed, but I thought she played well.”
At the No. 6 doubles, Tessa Bernholtz led Holly Seeman 6-5 at one point, but Seeman won the final five games for the 10-6 win.
“The other girl (Seeman), just found ways to beat Tessa and pulled out the match,” said Kirchner.
At the No. 2 and No. 3 singles, ELC players played SLO’s other state qualifiers.
Corin Swalve took on Alli Gerking and lost 10-1. Allison Hevern lost 10-0 to KJ Veldman.
At the No. 4 singles, Amanda Heinrichs lost 10-2 to Hannah Coenen. Bailey Hagen, who is part of the team through a sharing agreement with Emmetsburg, lost 10-2 to Rachel Westergard at the No. 5 singles.
SLO swept the doubles matches.
Olson and Swalve lost 10-1 to Kolegraff and Gerking.
Hevern and Hagen lost 10-0 to Veldman and Jamie Kohlhaase at the No. 2 doubles.
At the No. 3 doubles, Heinrichs and Kaylee Schoon lost 10-2 to Coenen and Westergard.
ELC returns to action Monday at Spencer where he feels the team will have more success.
SLO will hosts Storm Lake today.
In junior varsity play, ELC lost 7-2 to SLO.
Emily Lair won 8-5 at the No. 5 singles and Maddy Burns won 8-3 at the No. 6 singles.
In other singles play, Kaylee Schoon, Carol Daniels and Kelly Zebedee all lost by an 8-5 score and Emily Chrestiansen lost 8-2.
In doubles, Daniels and Zebedee lost 8-4, Chrestiansen and Lair lost 8-2 and Amanda Schacherer and McKenzie Wilson lost 8-2.