The Marietta girls tennis team fell to Tri-Valley of the MVL 4-1 in a match Monday at Glendale Courts.
"It was a tough match today," said head coach Chris Mayer. "They've got some very strong players. Our doubles played well. I thought our second doubles team, even though they lost, played one of the best second doubles matches we've played this year."
"It was a hard day because we only had six players so we had to forfeit third singles, and that kind of left us behind," Mayer continued. "They fought hard even though we came out on the short end."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Madison Miller get ready to serve to a Tri-Valley opponent during tennis action at the Glendale Courts Monday.
In the first singles match, Tri-Valley's Kristen Dempsey defeated Christy Heisler by scores of 6-1 and 6-2. The second singles match pitted Megan Penrose against Marietta's Madison Miller. After Miller won the first set 7-6, Penrose was victorious by scores of 7-5 and 4-2 to take the match. Tri-Valley's Elizabeth Arbaugh won the third singles match via forfeit.
In doubles action, Amanda Ferguson and Emily Ketelsen picked up Marietta's only win. They faced Sarah Holdren and Megan Dilts and won by scores of 6-0 and 6-3. In the second doubles match, Arielle Combs and Kennedy Hassel, of Tri-Valley, took on Jennifer Newlen and Shania Baker. Combs and Hassel recovered from a 6-3 loss in the first set by winning the final two sets 6-3 and 6-4.
Mayer said an improvement in the team's performance around the net could be very beneficial in future matches.
Tri Valley 4, Marietta 1
Kristen Dempsey (T) def. Christy Heisler (M) 6-1,6-2
Megan Penrose (T) def. Madison Miller (M) 6-7,7-5,4-2(ret.)
Elizabeth Arbaugh (T) wins by forfeit.
Amanda Ferguson/Emily Ketelsen (M) def. Sarah Holdren/Megan Dilts 6-0,6-3
Arielle Combs/Kennedy Hassel (T) def. Jennifer Newlen/Shania Baker 3-6,6-3,6-4
Marietta Overall Record 1-2
"We need to continue to work on our net play," Mayer said.
"In all the matches, there have been a lot of mistakes made in the net where there could have been some easy points. We'll work on that as the season continues."
The Lady Tigers are back in action today when they host Zanesville at 4:30 p.m. at Glendale Courts.