Playing without their top singles player, Lizzy Hooversten, and competing against a Division 1 opponent, the Viroqua girl’s tennis team knew they were in for a tough matchup, Aug. 24. In the absence of Hooversten, coach Cassie Melcher was forced to juggle the Blackhawk lineup and the result was a 1-6 loss to the Beavers in a match played on the Blackhawks home courts.
Emma Kolden and Delilah Vance, each in their first year of playing tennis, teamed up for the Blackhawks’ only win, a hard-fought 6-3, 5-7, 12-10 (tiebreaker) win over Vanessa Gardner and Allie Laffey at No. 2 doubles.
“Delilah and Emma had a phenomenal first set win,” Melcher said. “They were up 5-4 in the second set when Reedsburg went on a three-game streak taking it to a third set tiebreak, before we were able to narrowly get the win.”
“Reedsburg was a real test for all the players,” Melcher said. “Missing Lizzy at the one spot, the entire singles lineup had to move up and being a Division 1 school didn’t make that any easier for them.”
Moving into the No. 1 singles slot, Kylie Krahn lost her match 1-6, 0-6 to Hayden Stovey. At No. 2, Olivia Rottman dropped a 2-6, 1-6 match to Anna Buss. Marissa Czap was defeated 1-6, 0-6 at No. 3 singles by Alicen Henke and Avienda Inman lost her match 1-6, 0-6 to Reedsburg’s Kaelyn Kurtenbach at No. 4 singles.
“Olivia and Marissa had very similar matches and their scores don’t really show how well they played,” Melcher said. “They went to deuce most games and were only slightly edged out by their opponents.”
Erin Baker and Elena Morton won three games but lost their match 2-6, 1-6 at No. 1 doubles to Skyler Miller and Emma Lichte. “Erin and Elena put up a fight at one doubles, but still are working out a few of the kinks and were not able to come away with a win,” Melcher said.
In the final matchup of the day, Kailyn Myers and Brenna Rider lost in straight sets to Taylor Ondersma and Shelby Henke at doubles No. 3.
Following a match at Black River Falls on Aug. 29, the Blackhawks’ netters return to the home courts for a meeting with Mauston on Sept. 7.