The Viroqua girl’s tennis team opened their 2017 season last week competing in the Holmen-hosted triangular along with Mauston on Aug. 14, and was on the road at Sparta Aug. 18.

The Blackhawks earned one win at the Holmen match, with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) win by the combination of Kylie Krahn and Marissa Czap at No. 2 doubles, defeating Holmen’s Anna Nevala and Lili Ochsner.

“Marissa and Kylie played doubles together last year and were able to jump right back into it again this year,” said coach Cassandra Melcher. “They used their experience together to win their tie-breaks to get them the game.”

Krahn and Czap pushed their match to three sets, but lost their match versus Mauston’s Lauryn Luke and Klaudia Solverson by scores of 6-3, 4-6, 1-10.

In No. 1 singles play, Lizzy Hoversten lost by scores of 1-6, 1-6 to Holmen’s Hornberg. Holmen’s Ting Jing Chen defeated Olivia Rottman at No. 2 singles by the same scores. See Vang of Holmen topped first-year player Emma Kolden 3-6, 4-6 at No. 3 singles and Delilah Vance, also a first-year player, pushed her match to three sets before falling to Sofia Vang 3-6, 6-7 (5), 3-10 at No. 4 singles.

“Emma and Delilah, both brand new players, played phenomenally well at three and four singles,” Melcher said. “Emma was able to get a few games off of her opponent and Delilah was able to split sets and take it to a tie break for a third set.”

Back to doubles action, Erin Baker and Elena Morton dropped their No. 1 doubles match 2-6, 1-6 to Holmen’s Natali Hoeg and Ericka Schmelzer and Avienda Inman and Kailyn Myers lost at No. 3 doubles to Holmen’s combination of Heidi Schmelzer and Cindra Vang 3-6, 0-6.

Only two singles games were played versus Mauston, with Hoversten losing her match at No. 1 by scores of 2-6, 1-6 to Bailey Babcock, and Rottman dropped her No. 2 match to Natalie Buss 1-6, 1-6.

“We had a lot of brand new players playing varsity and with only four practices before our match, they had to step up in a big way,” Melcher said.

On Friday, the Blackhawk netters traveled to Sparta, and were defeated in all seven matches. Hoversten was defeated at No. 1 singles 0-6, 1-6 to Jordan Green, Krahn lost in straight sets to Savannah Holcomb at No. 2, Rottman dropped her No. 3 singles match 1-6, 1-6 to Ally Cerda-Reyes and Czap battled her way through her No. 4 singles matches before succumbing to Laney Bender by scores of 6-7 (5), 3-6.

Morton and Baker dropped a straight set match to Sable Pfaff and Chloe Erickson, while Kolden and Vance teamed up for the first time at No. 2 doubles, losing a hard-fought match 4-6, 5-7 to Myra Ramirez and Carly Muller. At No. 3 doubles, Brenna Rider and Inman lost in straight sets to Sparta’s Marley Sanchez and Christina Matias.

“Marissa, at No. 4 singles, had a super tough first set and just lost by a tie-break…she fought in the second set but was unable to get the win,” Melcher said after the Sparta matches. “Delilah and Emma switched from singles to doubles and even though they had never played doubles before they picked it up very quickly.”

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Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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