ELC netters take care of Tigers
The Estherville Lincoln Central Girls Team returned to the court, thanks to some sunny weather, and celebrated with an 8-1 win over Spencer.
“I think we showed improvement since we played them last time,” said ELC coach Larry Kirchner. “We haven’t had a good week of practice due to the weather.”
However, the coach said senior Erin Olson is picking up the pace.
Olson, who was a state doubles qualifier a year ago, swept Spencer’s Sara Van Berkum 10-0 in her match.
ELC’s one lost came at the No. 2 singles where Corin Swalve battled through a hurt foot while losing to Sara Van Kley 10-7.
At the No. 3 singles, Allison Hevern won 10-5 over Bradi Baschke.
However, Amanda Heinrichs may have played the match of the day. Down 8-2 to Ann Magnuson, Heinrichs rallied to win in a tiebreaker 11-10 (7-5).
In other singles play, Bailey Hagen won 10-7 over Nicole Staples and Tessa Bernholtz won 10-3 over Amy McLaury.
ELC swept the doubles with Olson and Swalve winning 10-6 over Van Berkum and Van Kley; Hevern and Hagen won 10-7 over Baschke and Staples; and Heinrichs and Bernholtz won 10-7 over Magnuson and McLaury.
In junior varsity play, ELC won 6-2 with the third doubles match not getting played due to darkness.
In singles play, Kaylee Schoon won 8-1, Carol Daniels won 9-8 (9-7), Kelly Zebedee won 8-6, Emily Chrestiansen won 8-1, Emily Lair lost 8-5 and Maddy Burns lost 8-3.
In doubles, Schoon and Daniels won 8-4 and Zebedee and Chrestiansen won 8-4.
ELC’s varsity travels to Spencer for the Lakes Conference Tournament on Saturday. Play starts at 9 a.m.
ELC is home again Monday against Storm Lake.