Lady Wave tennis team douses the Firebirds


GREENVILLE –The Lady Wave tennis team doused the flames of the Fairmont Firebirds by a 3-2 score at Greenville’s courts Thursday night.

This enabled the Greenville girls tennis team to even its record at 6-6 and net another Greater Western Ohio Conference victory.

“The girls played hard and hung in there as four of our five matches went three sets, which we split down the middle,” Greenville coach Jim Koontz said. “All are improving. I am really happy in general.”

Leading the team like a general in charge was German exchange student Anja Mertel at first singles. She out-stroked Hannah Jones 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 for the victory.

Following up Mertel’s lead was second singles player Molly Hunt, who hunted down Samantha Turner 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 for a 2-0 Wave advantage.

Next up was Ana Mangas at third singles ,who manhandled Katie West by the tally of 6-3, 6-1.This put the clinching win in favor of Coach Koontz and company.

The first doubles team of Mallory Rich and Neeps Kaur were out-dueled by the doubles squad of Matty Cridge and Gigi Lombardo 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Greenville’s second doubles tandem of Hannah Gulley and Larisa Schmitmeyer were out-done by Fairmont’s Ally Heue and Lena Schlemor in another three-setter, 7-6, 6-2, 6-1.

At first singles on the junior varsity side Marabelle Lance lanced her opponent 8-4.

The second singles player on the junior varsity squad was Casey Malott, who went down 8-6 in her pro set.

The third singles squad member, Amber Hutt, fell victim to another high flying Firebird 8-6

The first doubles team of Jordan Warner and Chloie Graves sent their players to a quick grave as they won 8-2.

The second doubles team of junior varsity squad members Katie Baughman and Rose Blocher blocked all the right shots back by a 7-6 count in an abbreviated pro set.

“Our young girls are coming along, and we have a good group of eighth graders coming up,” Coach Koontz said. “This was an important win for us today as both squads came in one game under .500 for the season, and anytime you can pick up a victory in the GWOC, that’s a morale booster.”

By Ted Landis, Jr.

For The Daily Advocate

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