Creston and Atlantic tennis teams split their season openers Thursday, with the Trojan boys winning 6-3 at the Southwestern courts, while the Panther girls traveled to Atlantic and secured a 7-2 victory.
Creston girls won four of the six singles matches, including an 8-3 triumph by sophomore Jenna Taylor at No. 1 singles. The Panthers swept all three doubles matches.
“The best weather we have had yet this season minimized problems for both teams,” Panther assistant coach Amanda Plymale said. “Jenna Taylor represented Creston very well by knocking out Atlantic’s returning senior, Leah Tjepkes, at the number one spot.”
Ashley Harris came back from a 3-0 deficit to win 8-3 at No. 4 singles. Plymale said all three doubles teams attacked the net to keep their points short. Two sophomore doubles teams also prevailed in JV doubles action.
The depth in the Panther lineup was evident in Angie Sorensen and Caitlin McIlravy combining for a 16-1 margin over Atlantic’s fifth and sixth players, and teaming up for an 8-0 doubles victory.
“Our team has a lot of potential this year and I am excited for this season,” Plymale said.
Garret Taylor won the final four games to prevail 10-7 in his new role at No. 1 singles for the Panther boys, but Atlantic went into doubles play with a 4-2 lead. Taylor teamed with Chantz Davidson to win 10-6 at No. 1 doubles.
“Tonight was an absolute perfect night to play tennis,” Panther coach Kevin Cooper said. “We had five guys playing their first varsity meet, so it was good to get the nervousness out of the way. We ended up losing the meet, but we had our chances. I felt like we did some things well, and we have a lot we can improve on.”
The Creston teams play Southwest Valley on Monday, with the girls at Corning and the boys in Creston.
Atlantic 6, Creston/O-M 3
Singles — Garret Taylor (Cr) def. Nick Podhajsky (A), 10-7; Adam Weiser (A) def. Chantz Davidson (Cr), 10-3; Jake Arneson (A) def. Ryan Kucera (Cr), 10-8; Daniel Scott (Cr) def. Reid Nichols (A), 10-7; Ben Parker (A) def. Tyler Waddingham (Cr), 10-2; Preston Hoye (A) def. Triston Davidson (Cr), 10-1.
Doubles — Taylor-C. Davidson (Cr) def. Podhajsky-Nichols (A), 10-6; Weiser-Arneson (A) def. Kucera-Waddingham (Cr), 10-1; Parker-Logan Steffens (A) def. Scott-T. Davidson (Cr), 10-6.
Creston/O-M 7, Atlantic 2
Singles — Jenna Taylor (Cr) def. Leah Tjepkes (A), 8-3; Lexi Allen (A) def. Audrey Fyock (Cr), 8-4; Lisa Gearhart (A) def. Alli Thomsen (Cr), 8-2; Ashley Harris (Cr) def. Grace Jacob (A), 8-3; Angela Sorensen (Cr) def. Codi Hitch (A), 8-1; Caitlin McIlravy (Cr) def. Jena Brosam (A), 8-0.
Doubles — Taylor-Fyock (Cr) def. Tjepkes-Allen (A), 8-1; Thomsen-Harris (Cr) def. Gearhart-Jacob (A), 8-6; Sorensen-McIlravy (Cr) def. Hitch-Brosam (A), 8-0.
JV doubles — Sydney Dunphy-Gracie Russell (Cr) def. Sydney Redler-Alexis Boes (A), 6-2; Ann Waigand-Cassandra Anderson (Cr) def. Sydney Redler-Alexis Boes (A), 6-3.