The Lakeland girls’ tennis team began its season playing Ironwood on the courts of Lakeland Union High School. It was a good start to the season as the Thunderbirds won 6-1.
“The girls played well today for their first match,” coach Thomas Oestreich said. “As expected, they all had first match jitters, but I am proud of them for playing through that and getting wins.”
A great battle came in No. 1 singles as Lakeland’s Kiah Gauthier took a close loss to Zaida Lagalo 3-6, 6-1, 7-5. Gauthier did a great job of moving around and finishing off points when she had to.
“Kiah at No. 1 singles had a good three-set match, came up a little short, but I’m pleased with her hitting,” Oestreich said.
In No. 2 singles, Lakeland’s Lorraine Hammes defeated Jordan Tanula 6-2, 6-4, using powerful, beautiful hits for points.
Lakeland’s Emma Rose also won, defeating Lexi Holm 6-0, 6-4 in No. 3 singles. Rose played with poise and took it shot-for-shot.
“Lorraine at No. 2 singles and Emma at No. 3 singles held the lead the entire way, fighting off those nerves of the first match,” Oestreich said.
No. 4 singles saw Maria Gironella play a complete game and beat Laney Osterholm 6-0, 6-0.
“(Maria) is young and must have nerves of steel as she was in complete control the entire match,” Oestreich said.
The other great match came in No. 1 doubles as Lakeland’s Hayley Fieck/Anna Maulson defeated Leilah Anderson/Mckensi Koval 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Fieck had some nice backhand hits for points.
In No. 2 doubles, Lakeland’s Vivian Trapp/Amaya White defeated Jasmine Benson/Audrey Bastman 6-4, 6-1. It was Trapp/White’s debut at doubles and they used smarty-placed shorts for points.
“(the)?Newly formed No. 2 doubles team of Vivian Trapp and Amaya White played well,” Oestreich said. “Both are good athletes and covered the court well.”
No. 3 doubles saw another new pairing of Lakeland’s Brenna Fricke/Phoebe Wirtz. They defeated Gloria Kennedy/Isabell Castillo 6-2, 6-1. They worked together to get better throughout the match.
“Now that we have a match under our belts, the girls will gain some confidence and hopefully hit like I have observed in practice,” Oestreich said.
Their next match came at Medford on Thursday, Aug. 22. Coverage of that will be in the Aug. 27 edition of The Times.
After that, the Thunderbirds play at home against Newman Catholic on Tuesday, Aug. 27 starting at 4:30 p.m.
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