The Lakeland girls tennis team played a quad against Merrill, Medford and Ashland on Saturday, Sept. 7. Lakeland came out with eight victories in the matches.
In No. 1 singles, Kiah Gauthier went 1-2 with her win coming against Medford’s Maddy Spencer 6-1, 6-3. She did well moving back and forth around the court to get points.
Lorraine Hammes found some success in No. 2 singles. She beat Medford’s Sophie Brost 6-3, 6-4 and Merrill’s Kamille Ament 7-5, 6-4. Hammes had great placement of the ball throughout the day.
“Lorraine continues to gain more confidence with every match she plays,” coach Tom Oestreich said. “She’s hitting the ball with pace and power.”
Maria Gironella moved up to No. 3 singles with her undefeated record. She took her first loss, but went 2-1 on the day.
Gironella beat Medford’s Lindsey Wildberg 6-3, 6-2 and Merrill’s Ashlynn Semling 6-7 (6), 6-1, 10-5.
“(Maria) learned a lot yesterday now that she’s playing better competition,” Oestreich said. “She was able to dictate points once she started to hi the ball deep. She continues to play well.”
At No. 4 singles, Emma Rose also went 2-1 on the day. She beat Ashland’s Nadia Perales 6-1, 7-5 and took another win on a forfeit.
“Emma continues to improve with her groundstrokes and now we’re starting to see it in her matches,” Oestreich said. “She’s hitting the ball with more pace and the hard work she’s doing in practice is starting to show in her matches.”
In doubles, No.1 doubles team Hayley Fieck/Vivian Trapp went 0-3 on the day. Their best match came against Medford’s Brooke Sommer/Kailee Mann when the match went 6-7 (8), 6-0, 10-5.
One highlight of their match came when Trapp blocked one up front for a point.
The No. 2 doubles team of Anna Maulson/Britta Salquist also went 0-3. Their best tennis came against Merrill’s Audrey Ladewig/Katelyn Hahn. The final score was 6-2, 6-4.
With Salquist in the back, Maulson had a rocket forehand for a point, one of their best points of the day.
“(Both doubles teams) gained confidence moving forward so mission accomplished there,” Oestreich said.
Brenna Fricke/Phoebe Wirtz went 1-2 in No. 3 doubles. Their win came against Ashland’s Tegan Mcfarlane/Isabelle Rasmussen 3-6, 6-3, 10-3.
“(Fricke/Wirtz) really move around the court well and cover for each other well,” Oestreich said. “That’s fun to see.”
The team’s next match was Monday, Sept. 9 in a rescheduled match against Columbus Catholic starting at 4:30 p.m. Coverage of that will be in the Sept. 13 edition of The Times
The team heads to Phillips on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a road match starting at 4:30 p.m.
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