The Mounties won three of the four singles’ flights. Senior Maddie Hopkins, playing #4 singles, was the first one off the court victorious for the Mounties with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Maggie Denney of the Wildcats. Seniors Brandy Wollet and Rhiannon Shook also won easily for Nothwest. Wollet defeated Hannah Hadden 6-1, 6-2 and Shook routed Victoria Miller 6-1, 6-0.
“Most of our experience is at the singles’ flights,” Northwest coach Nick Rush said. “It was nice to see them start the season strong.”
With the score tied 3-3, the final two matches went to tiebreakers and both went Onsted’s way. After losing the first set 6-0, senior Brittany Wollet at #1 singles stormed back to take the second set 6-3, before falling to Gaby Lorey, 11-9, in the match tiebreak.
Onsted tennis coach, Kyle Metdepennigen, praised Wollet’s effort to come back from a set down early and then to come back from 5-1 in the tiebreak before losing.
“This is the best I’ve even seen Gaby play. It took (Wollet) a bit to get going. That was a great effort by both players though,” he commented.
Rush was also impressed by the effort of his #4 doubles team, sophomore Kaylee Hall and freshman RaelinMcMichael. Playing their first tennis match ever, they won the first set 6-2 before losing the second set 6-1. They jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the match tiebreak but ran out of gas and fell 10-5.
“It’s tough to come out and play in a varsity match for your first ever competition,” Rush said. “I was so happy they were able to get a set win under their belts and they’ll eventually get their first match win. It will be fun to watch them improve as the season goes on.”
ONSTED 5, NORTHWEST 3
No. 1 — Gaby Lorey, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, def . Brittany Wollet, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, 6-0, 3-6, (11-9); No. 2 — Brandy Wollet, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, def . Hannah Hadden, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 — Rhiannon Shook, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, def .Victoria Miller, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 — Maddie Hopkins, NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, def . Maggie Denney, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 — Mariah Marsh-Grace Woerner, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, def. Chloee Bean-Emily Sexton,NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 — Ashlynn Slaviero-Kylie Parker, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, def. Kaitlyn Grier-Kaitlyn Sallee,NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 6-4, 6-0; No. 3 — Cassidy Kelley-Keira Ritchie, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, def. Olivia Tisch-Meghan Camburn,NORTHWESTHIGH SCHOOL 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 — Haven Bowers-Tara Newsome, ONSTED COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, def. Kaylee Hall-Raelin McMichael,NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL 2-6, 6-1, (10-5)