Tennis girls get 3 versus Le Mars

Friday, April 13, 2018

After coming up empty against Le Mars last year, Spencer’s tennis girls showed some positive movement in their season debut Thursday at Riverview Park, winning three singles matches in a 6-3 dual defeat.

“Le Mars has been one of the top teams in the conference the last few years, and this was their second meet compared to our first,” Tiger tennis girls coach Bob Schlaeger said. “Our girls battled hard, but we ran out of energy in some of the matches. I believe now that we have a match under our belt, we will finish stronger next time.”

Spencer’s No. 2 Riley Palmer dominated her singles match for a 10-1 win while No. 4 Gabby Kardell and No. 5 Emily English battled to 10-7 and 10-4 victories respectively.

The Tigers came up just a combined four points short in the No. 3 and No. 6 singles matches while Le Mars’s top-seeded Elizabeth Ihrke, possibly the best player in the conference, cruised to a 10-0 win.

The Bulldogs took the one and two doubles matches without too much trouble, but Kardell and English made the visitors earn a win in the No. 3 doubles match, forcing a tiebreaker which went in the favor of Le Mars 8-6.

Spencer’s girls are now 0-1 on the year, and they are scheduled to travel north Monday to take on defending Lakes Conference champs Spirit Lake-Okoboji.

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