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ELC netters take care of Tigers

By Staff | Apr 29, 2011

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Tessa Bernholtz hits a return during singles play against Spencer Thursday in Estherville. EDN photo by David Swartz

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.