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Midgets take on tough SL-O team

By Staff | Apr 9, 2017

OKOBOJI – There’s no better way to find out how you stack up then to start the season against a team that’s expected to be the best.

That’s what the Estherville Lincoln Central Girls Tennis Team found out in taking on Spirit Lake-Okoboji on Thursday.

While ELC ended up in a 9-0 loss, many scores were closer than indicated.

At the No. 1 singles, ELC sophomore Kendall Evans played her first match at the top spot and lost 10-1 to Casie Barba.

“Kendall had maybe 80 percent of her games go to 40-40, but she just couldn’t break through for the winning point,” said ELC coach Larry Kirchner.

At the No. 2 singles, Josie Condon had a seesaw battle against Alison Bueltel and came up a bit short 10-8.

At the No. 3 singles, Brianna Fix made the jump to varsity after playing junior varsity last year and lost 10-0 to Ashley Thorn.

“It’s a big step up and we know we have some things to work on,” said Kirchner.

At the No. 4 singles Liz Herrick fought a good battle and was up 6-5 before falling 10-6 to Abby Eckert.

“The other girl started playing smarter,” said Kirchner.

In other singles, Alyssa Olson lost 10-2 to Anna Ascheman and Samantha Tredway lost 10-3 to Lauren Goth.

In doubles, Evans and Condon battled well against Bueltel and Thorn before losing 10-6. Fix and Herrick lost 10-0 to Barba and Goth. Olson and Tredway lost 10-2 to Eckert and Ascheman.

In junior varsity play, SL-O won 9-0. For ELC, Emily Herum lost 8-1, Jessica Wilson lost 8-1, Savannah Wilson lost 8-0, Shiloh Kirchner lost 8-1, Abby Schmaus lost 8-0 and Olga Martin-Felipe lost 8-0. In doubles, Herum and Jessica Wilson lost 8-4, Savannah Wilson and Kirchner lost 8-2 and Schmaus and Rhiannon Alvarez lost 8-1.

In exhibition play, Emma Hansen and Michelle Amdahl played two matches and lost 6-0 and 6-2. Kayla Molacek and Alicia Loera lost 6-4, Loera and Dariana Diaz lost 6-1, Martin-Felipe and Chiara Vanadia Bartolo lost two matches, 6-0 and 6-2 and Schmaus and Molacek lost 5-3.

ELC is home against Spencer on Monday.