The Tomah High School girls tennis team broke through for its first Mississippi Valley Conference victory of the season Monday by winning a 5-2 decision at Holmen. The match was originally scheduled for Sept. 5 but was suspended due to weather.

The following day, the Timberwolves returned home and lost a 5-2 MVC decision to La Crosse Aquinas in their final home match of the season.

The split left the Timberwolves with a 6-5 overall record and 1-3 MVC mark.

Tomah coach Andrew Johnson was pleased with the team’s performance at Holmen.

Overall it was a solid showing,” Johnson said. “There were a couple matches that got away from us, but our ladies should look forward to facing some of these opponents again at the MVC tournament.”

The Timberwolves won three of the four singles matches and two of the three doubles matches. The marquee match was number-two doubles, where Jordan Kuehl and Alli Batten came from behind in both sets to pull out a 7-5, 6-4 victory. The trailed 5-2 in the first set and 3-0 in the second set before storming back.

“It was all just a matter of settling down and keeping their shots in,” Johnson said. “They were resilient.”

Tomah got an encouraging victory at number-one doubles, where Haley Bradley and Morgan Arch easily won in straight sets.

“They ... showed how they have improved throughout the season and how they are really starting to take ownership over the one doubles position,” Johnson said.

Against Aquinas, both of Tomah’s victories came in singles.

Lindsey Conway boosted her record to 10-1 at number-one singles with a victory in straight sets over Giselle Fisher.

“She was hitting strong serves and playing some of her best tennis,” Johnson said of Conway, the team’s only senior. “She was using her strengths to her opponent’s weakness throughout the whole match.”

Tomah’s other victory came at number-four singles, where freshman Kendra Lene won a protracted match in three sets.

“In the second set (Lene’s) opponent just kept hitting winners against Kendra, and her shots would not miss,” Johnson said. “Their last game went to multiple deuces, but Kendra was able to pull it out with her consistency.”

The other matches were close. Johnson said Britney Krog played some of her best tennis of the season before losing in three sets.

“She couldn’t pull off the win, but Brittney definitely got better at tennis today,” Johnson said.

At number-two singles, Lillie McMullen lost a match that Johnson said was “filled with long rallies and lots of deuces.” McMullen’s record fell to 8-3.

The Timberwolves travel to Stevens Point Saturday for a quadrangular that includes Kettle Moraine and New Berlin Eisenhower. They close out the MVC regular season Tuesday, Sept. 19 with a trip to La Crosse Logan.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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