The No. 2 duo of Sadie Bartzen and Sarah Kopp survived a three-set showdown to help the McFarland High School girls tennis team win a 6-1 Rock Valley Conference match against Jefferson on Sept. 5.
Bartzen and Kopp lost their first set against Eagles Eden Dempsen and Meghan Magner 6-4, but came back to win the second set 6-1. In the third set tiebreaker, the Spartan duo prevailed 11-9.
Greta Corcoran and Grace Henes at No. 2 doubles took a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Mckenzie Pinnow and Rialey Martin of Jefferson, and McFarland’s No. 3 duo of Kimiya Pournik and Lauren Sheilds outdueled Alivia Dearborn and Brittney Mengel 6-2, 6-1.
In the singles matches, McFarland had three winners as No. 2 Aeryn Olson downed Jefferson’s Eryn Warner 6-2, 6-3, No. 3 Laura Maudlin beat Grace Niebler 7-5, 7-5, and No. 4 Lexi Mazzara was a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Laura Traver.
Michelle Butcher, McFarland No. 1 singles player, lost 6-2, 6-3 to Anna Kellsen.
The Spartans return to the court this afternoon with another conference match against visiting Edgerton. The first serve is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.
Big Foot 4, Spartans 3
Three of McFarland’s singles flights were winners, but the team lost all doubles matches as Big Foot squeaked by in a conference dual.
No. 1 Butcher beat the Chiefs Hannah Palmer 3-6, 6-2, 10-6, No. 3 Maudlin took a 6-1, 6-4 win over Casey Kirschlager, and No. 4 Mazzara defeated Morgan Berg 6-0, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Olson fell to Big Foot’s Jameson Gregory 6-4, 6-2.
In the doubles competition, No. 1 Corcoran and Henes fell 6-1, 6-0 to the Chiefs’ Claire Heckert and Emily Gauger, No. 2 Bartzen and Kopp dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Annie Rowe and Keaton Sperling, and in the No. 3 match, Pournik and Sheilds were defeated 6-4, 6-2 by Big Foot’s Katie Kirschlager and Hanah Nordmeyer.