Wins by all three singles teams paced the Marietta Tiger girls tennis team to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Athens Bulldogs Monday evening.
Senior Christy Heisler, sophomore Katie Kitchen, and freshman Meredith Coil each scored victories, the latter two in convincing fashion as the orange and black improved to 2-1 on the season.
Coil defeated Adel Purdy 6-0,6-0, while Kitchen duplicated the sweep by besting Clair McGee by the same score.
MIKE?MORRISON The Marietta Times
Marietta’s Meredith Coil returns a shot by an Athens player during a prep tennis match Monday at Glendale Courts.
Heisler came away with a hard fought, 6-3,6-2 win over Kanya Yellarafin in the number one single match.
"That was a very tough match between two very tough players," said MHS head coach Chris Mayer. "Christy worked hard and played a very good match."
The Tiger coach was also pleased with the play of his number two and number three teams in Coil and Kitchen respectively.
"Katie (Kitchen) is coming back from a shoulder injury and Meredith (Coil) is doing very well as a freshman," said Mayer. "It's almost like having three number ones this year. To have that kind of depth at your singles positions is just phenomenal."
The Tiger doubles teams did not fair quite as well as the singles teams did as the duo of Emma Stubbe and Calaya Rake dropped a 3-6,4-6 decision to Sierra Knavel and Suzy Aftabizadeh, while Janelle Bannan and Katie Pittman swept Marietta's Olivia Linscott and Lauren Stonehill 0-6, 0-6.
Overall, the Tiger head coach is pleased with where is team is at after the first three matches of the season, and equally pleased with grabbing a victory against a tough opponent like Athens.
"Athens is always a good team and it is always great to come away with a victory when we play team," said Mayer.
The Tigers will have a little more that a week off before there next match when they play host to East Central Ohio League rival New Philadelphia next Wednesday (Sept. 3).