The Tomah High School girls tennis team got back over the .500 mark with a 5-2 nonconference victory at Black River Falls.

The Timberwolves improved to 5-4 with the win.

The match was rescheduled from Aug. 26, and the makeup date forced Tomah coach Andrew Johnson to make some lineup revisions at the bottom of the singles chart. Tomah got two victories via forfeits at doubles but still won three of the five contested matches.

The Timberwolves got strong performances at the one and two singles spots from Lindsey Conway and Lillie McMullen, who boosted their records to 8-1 and 7-2. Both won in straight sets.

Johnson said Conway “dominated her opponent with her strong serve and made adjustments to her shots based on the slope of the courts. Lindsey showed why she is our one singles.”

Johnson was also happy with McMullen’s performance.

“She ... seemed more ready than ever,” Johnson said. “She was placing her shots well and hustling all across the court.”

Tomah’s number-one doubles team of Haley Bradley and Morgan Arch went a perfect 12-0 in two sets.

“They showed why they are our top doubles team and were ready for anything their opponents threw at them,” Johnson said.

Jordan Kuehl, who normally plays varsity doubles, got a chance at number-three singles and had a strong second set before losing.

“By the second set she seemed to have adjusted to playing singles and was actually up 4-3 but couldn’t stay ahead,” Johnson said. “She did a great job shifting over to singles on the day.”

Another varsity doubles player, Zoe Fitzpatrick, filled the number-four singles slot. She lost but also got better as the match progressed.

“The first set she was making a lot of errors, but by the second set she was calmer and more in control,” Johnson said. “She ended up losing ... but did not go down without a fight.”

Two days earlier, the Timberwolves lost a 7-0 MVC decision to Onalaska at LaGrange Elementary School. The Hilltoppers’ Faith Leithold handed Conway her first loss of the season.

“Onalaska is always a tough matchup in conference, and they showed yet again their dominance in the conference,” Johnson said.

A Sept. 5 match at Holmen was rained out and rescheduled for today (Monday).

The Timberwolves play their final home match of the season Tuesday, Sept. 12 against La Crosse Aquinas in a 4:30 p.m. start at LaGrange Elementary School.

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

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