Playing some of its best tennis as of late, the Lakeland girls’ tennis team hosted Wausau Newman on Tuesday afternoon.
Wausau Newman stopped the T-Birds momentum, however, won three of the four singles’ matches and swept the doubles for a 6-1 win.
The one Lakeland win came in No. 3 singles from Maria Gironella. Gironella beat Anna Hackett 6-3, 6-3.
“After two losses the prior week, (Maria) was swinging a lot of nice groundstrokes,” coach Tom Oestreich said. “(She) took advantage of her opponent making a lot of unforced errors.”
Kiah Gauthier fell 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles to Becky Larrain.
In No. 2 singles, Lorraine Hammes faced off against Ali Bennett. Bennett won 6-0, 6-0.
Emma Rose played Ruby Haupt in No. 4 singles. Haupt won 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, No. 1 Hayley Fieck and Vivian Trapp lost 6-1, 6-2 to Julia Welter and Grace Sukanen.
No. 2 doubles’ pair Anna Maulson and Britta Salquist played in the only match that went three sets. They lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to Desirae Lo and Elizabeth Clancy, but had a good match.
“Anna and Britta had their best match of the season,” Oestreich said. “They had a lot of nice groundstrokes, really aggressive at the net, covered each other well and by far had their best match of the year.”
Brenna Fricke and Phoebe Wirtz had another close one at No. 3 doubles. They took on the pair of Elizabeth Kroening and Gabby Hackett and lost 7-6 (8), 6-3.
“Again it was competitive, (Brenna and Phoebe) do a good job communicating,” Oestreich said. “Phoebe had a lot of nice groundstrokes, working on getting pace on her ball.”
The loss dropped Lakeland to 1-5 in the GNC heading into Thursday’s dual meet finale at Phillips which concluded after deadline. Coverage of that match will be in the Oct. 1 edition of The Times
Lakeland currently sits sixth in the eight-team GNC standings heading into Saturday’s conference tournament in Rhinelander.
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