The Estherville Lincoln Central Girls Tennis Team ended the dual season with a 5-4 victory over Cherokee on Tuesday.
The Midgets were back to full strength after being short-handed on Monday, winning three singles matches and the last two doubles matches to pull out the victory.
"It was a good way to end the dual season," said ELC coach Larry Kirchner. "The girls have shown big improvement over the season and we played teams a lot closer the second time around. We just didn't get the wins I was hoping for."
ELC’s Emily Jorgenson hits a return during singles play against Cherokee in Estherville on Tuesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
In singles, ELC won at the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Maddy Burns defeated Megan Hummel 10-7, Amber Schacherer won 10-3 over Angela Livezy and Mackenzie Wilson won 10-8 over Jennifer Davis.
At the No. 1 singles, Bailey Hagen fell behind 5-0 to Megan Carlson and rallied to tie the match at 8-8 before losing 10-8. Samantha Rosinger lost 10-7 to Laura Yearous and Emily Jorgenson lost 10-7 to Rachel Boyle.
In doubles, Hagen and Wilson lost 10-2 to Carlson and Hummel. But Burns and Schacherer picked up a 10-8 win over Yearous and Livezy and Rosinger and Jorgenson won 10-2 over Boyle and Grace Teusink.
"Now we need to get ready for team regional on Saturday," said Kirchner. "We have to work on a few strokes with the girls."
ELC takes on Storm Lake in the first round of team regional in Spencer with play starting at 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Spirit Lake-Okoboji/Spencer winner.
In junior varsity play Tuesday, ELC won 8-1.
In singles, Kaylee Nissen won 8-4; Taylor Nissen won by injury default, Rachael Mueller won 8-6, Laura Perez won 8-2, Macarena Cibran won 8-4 and Emily Origer lost 8-1.
In doubles, Kaylee Nissen and Taylor Nissen won 8-2; Mueller and Origer won 8-6 and Perez and Cibran led 5-2 when their match was called.