The Lakeland girls tennis team continued their brand new season when they took their first road trip to Medford on Thursday, Aug. 22. Even with some close matches, Medford took the 6-1 victory.
“Many of the matches were close today,” coach Thomas Oestreich said. “What I was happy to see is that the girls are relaxing on the court, having fun and starting to hit the ball with power like they do in practice.”
No. 1 singles saw Lakeland’s Kiah Gauthier against Kailee Mann. Mann played consistent and won 6-4, 6-1.
Lakeland’s Lorraine Hammes played Brooke Sommer in No. 2 singles. Sommer won the game, despite a very close second set 6-1, 7-6 (1).
“After dropping the first set 1-6 and getting down 1-5 in the second set, she battled back to 6-6 in the second forcing a tie-breaker,” Oestreich said. “When Lorraine hits the forehand she is capable of, people can not return it.”
No. 3 singles was another fight. Lakeland’s Emma Rose took defeat to Maddy Spencer 7-6 (7), 6-3 in another close one.
Lakeland got on the board in No. 4 singles. Maria Gironella picked up where she left off against Ironwood and beat Medford’s Sophie Brost 6-2, 6-2.
“A big highlight for the day was the win by Maria,” Oestreich said. “She hit great ground stokes the entire match and continues to show her mental toughness as a freshman. Very proud of her.”
In doubles, there was so more close action.
Lakeland’s No. 1 doubles team of Hayley Fieck/Anna Maulson took on Elaine Schumacher/Lauryn Strick. Medford took the win 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 doubles saw Lakeland’s Vivian Trapp/Amaya White play Cassidy Balciar/Kianna Haenel. Balciar/Haenel took a well-played victory 6-4, 6-4.
Brenna Fricke/Phoebe Wirtz continued their run at Lakeland’s No. 3 spot. They played Jordaan Clark/Kelsey Jassor with Medford taking a 6-1, 6-0 win.
“The girls are gaining more confidence with every match. I saw a lot more smiles out there and our hitting is getting closer to what they are capable of,” Oestreich said. “As the season continues, I expect some great performances.”
The Thunderbirds next game comes tonight at home against Newman Catholic starting at 4:30 p.m.
They then play Thursday, Aug. 29 at Pacelli starting at 4:30 p.m.
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