Still undefeated: Ferguson’s comeback win helps MHS beat NPHS

Amanda Ferguson was in pain.

But after coming back from a 5-1 deficit in the third set to defeat New Philadelphia’s Sydney Banks, 7-5, the Marietta High senior’s hip felt a little better at Glendale Courts Tuesday.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” said Ferguson, one of three seniors on the Chris Mayer-coached Tigers’ undefeated tennis team (10-0). “I had to win this if we wanted to go undefeated this season. I didn’t want to let my teammates down.”

Ferguson, who normally plays doubles, was filling in for Madison Miller at No. 3 singles. Miller had a school exam and was unable to compete against the Quakers.

Ferguson, who improved her singles mark to 3-0 on the season, beat Banks, 6-1, in the first set, but dropped the second one, 7-5.

In the third set, Ferguson trailed Banks 5-1 before winning five straight games to claim the match.

“I focused more and played smarter,” Ferguson said.

“I also didn’t think about the pain.”

With Ferguson’s singles triumph, Marietta downed NPHS, 4-1. The Tigers also downed the Quakers 3-2 earlier in the season.

Marietta’s other winners against New Philadelphia were No. 1 singles Katie Kitchen (10-2 overall) and No. 2 singles Christy Heisler (11-1). Both girls are undefeated at 7-0 in East Central Ohio League play.

Kitchen defeated New Philadelphia’s Sarah Grages 6-0, 6-0, while Heisler beat McKnight by the identical scores.

In doubles, after Emily Ketelsen and Emma Stubbe fell 6-2, 6-3, to the Quakers’ Cheyanne Shook and Emily Gano in No. 1, the Tiger team of Caitlin Harrison and Calaya Rake rallied to defeat the NPHS duo of Britni Eichel and Rachel Pisiney, 3-6, 7-5 and 7-6 in No. 2.

Marietta is scheduled to play at Claymont in an ECOL match Thursday at 4:30 p.m.