A sweep in the doubles competition and a win at No. 4 singles carried the Viroqua girl’s tennis team to their third victory of the year in a 4-3 win over Black River Falls in a match played on the Blackhawks’ home courts, Thursday, Sept. 14. The win followed a 7-0 straight set loss to Onalaska Luther just two days earlier, in a match also played on the home courts.
Delilah Vance and Emma Kolden struggled in the early going of their No. 1 doubles match, falling behind two games to none, before rallying for a 6-2, 6-0 win over BRF’s Alyson Emerich and Lois White Eagle. Erin Baker and Elena Morton won their No. 2 doubles match in similar fashion, defeating the Tigers’ Carmen Red Bird and Gabby Kovars 6-3, 6-1.
“Erin and Elena had a wonderful match; during the first set they had a little trouble finding their rhythm, but during the second they had no issues,” coach Cassandra Melcher said. “Delilah and Emma had a similar issue...and were down 2-0, but they quickly found it…and didn’t drop any of the next 11 games to win.”
The visiting Tigers swept the top three spots in singles action with BRF’s Makenzie Johnson downing Lizzy Hoversten 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, Olivia Rottman lost at No. 2 singles 2-6, 2-6 to Kathy Hernendez and Viroqua’s Shaila Swenson came up short in a 3-6, 1-6, loss to Dani Johnson at No. 3.
The Blackhawks picked up a pair of forfeit wins, one by Brenna Rider at No. 4 singles, the other by Marissa Czap and Kylie Krahn at No. 3 doubles.
In the loss to the Luther Knights, Hoversten, Rottman and Rider all were defeated by straight set scores at singles No. 1, 2 and 4 respectively, while Swenson lost her No. 3 singles match 1-6, 0-6. Kolden and Vance put up the most resistance for the Blackhawks, winning four games but still came up short in their No. 1 doubles match 2-6, 2-6. Baker and Morton scored a pair of game points while losing 1-6, 1-6 at No. 2 doubles and Czap and Krahn lost their No. 3 match in straight sets.