Shenandoah posted a sweep of the Creston/Orient-Macksburg tennis teams on Thursday, as the Fillies handed the Panthers their first lost of the season.
The Shenandoah girls won 6-3 over the Panthers in Shenandoah on the strength of five singles victories over Creston/O-M.
The lone victory for the Panthers in singles play came at No. 2 singles by Jenna Taylor, who was an 8-6 winner over Heidi Fichter.
The Panthers suffered a pair of close losses at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, as Ashley Harris fell 9-7 at No. 4 and Angela Sorensen lost 8-6 at No. 5.
“Tough night for our girls,” Creston/O-M assistant coach Amanda Plymale said. “We played hard, but we played against a team with some tough shots. I am confident if we can score two points in our singles play, our doubles teams will always pull through. I hope we can regroup and get ready for some challenging opponents in Clarke and Red Oak.”
The Creston/O-M pairing of Taylor and Caitlin McIlravy won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles over Jordan Major and Emma Christensen, while Sorensen and Alli Thomsen won 8-4 at No. 3 doubles over Sarah Wood and Jordyn Lembrick.
The No. 1 doubles team of Audrey Fyock and Harris was leading Hannah Dailey and Fichter 3-2, when the Panthers defaulted the match because of illness.
The Panther girls return to action today at Clarke.
Meanwhile, Creston/O-M lost a 9-0 sweep to Shenandoah here.
Senior Garret Taylor dropped a competitive match at No. 1 singles to foreign-exchange student Phillip Meir, 11-9. Chantz Davidson lost 10-6 at No. 2 singles to David Hu.
Taylor and Davidson suffered a close loss in doubles play, losing 9-8 (7-5 tiebreaker) to Hu and Bradley Young.
“Tonight was a tough night for our boys team,” Creston/O-M head coach Kevin Cooper said. “We had a few competitive matches, but were unable to get any of them to go our way. I really thought Garret played well tonight. We played a very quality opponent and was tied late in the match, but came up just short in the last two games. He continues to improve each and every night out, and that is the goal this time of year.”
The Panthers return to action at home tonight against Clarke, before traveling to Atlantic on Saturday for tournament play.
Singles — Phillip Meir (S) def. Garret Taylor (C), 11-9; David Hu (S) def. Chantz Davidson (C), 10-6; Bradley Young (S) def. Ryan Kucera (C), 10-5; Josh Miller (S) def. Tyler Waddingham (C), 10-0; Ryan Niccoli (S) def. Triston Davidson (C), 10-0; Alex Goodell (S) def. Seth Maitlen (C), 10-3.
Doubles — Hu-Young (S) def. Taylor-C. Davidson (C), 9-8 (7-5 tiebreaker); Meir-Goodell (S) def. Kucera-Waddingham (C), 8-0; Miller-Niccoli (S) def. T. Davidson-Maitlen (C), 8-3.
Singles — Hannah Dailey (S) def. Audrey Fyock (C), 8-3; Jenna Taylor (C) def. Heidi Fichter (S), 8-6; Jordan Major (S) def. Alli Thomsen (C), 8-3; Emma Christensen (S) def. Ashley Harris (C), 9-7; Sarah Wood (S) def. Angela Sorensen (C), 8-6; Jordyn Lembrick (S) def. Caitlin McIlravy (C), 8-4.
Doubles — Dailey-Fichter (S) def. Fyock-Harris (C), default; Taylor-McIlravy (C) def. Major-Christensen (S), 8-3; Sorensen-Thomsen (C) def. Wood-Lembrick (S), 8-4.
Singles — Leanne Johnson (S) def. Sydney Dunphy (C), 6-0; Mirtha Gutierrez (S) def. Cassandra Anderson (C), 6-0; Carly Niccoli (S) def. Ann Waigand (C), 6-1; Marilyn Cepeda (S) def. Gracie Russell (C), 6-3; Hannah Richey (S) def. Macy Evans (C), 6-0; Maddie Woolery (S) def. Leah Stowe (C), 6-1; Megan Schoonover (S) def. Morgan Shawler (C), 6-1; Mattie Wheeler (C) def. Mikayla Zimmerman (S), 6-0.
Doubles — Russell-Dunphy (C) def. Hogue-Cepeda (S), 6-3; Olague-Jones (S) def. Waigand-Anderson (C), 6-0; Ritchey-Schoonover (S) def. Wheeler-Shawler (C), 6-1; Whitehill-Schuster (S) def. Evans-Stowe (C), 6-0; Cepeda-Olague (S) def. Dunphy-Russell (C), 6-2; Niccoli-Gutierrez (S) def. Anderson-Waigand (C), 6-1; Whitehill-Jones (S) def. Shawler-Wheeler (C), 6-1; Strekker-Brownlee (S) def. Allison Norton-Erin Hanson (C), 6-3; Schuster-Strekker (S) def. Norton-Hanson (C) 6-0; Woolery-Zimmerman (S) def. Evans-Stowe (C), 6-4.