A pair of tennis matches resulted in the same score, but with completely different results for the Western Dubuque girls’ tennis team last week.
The Bobcats opened the week with a 5-4 loss at home to Iowa City Liberty, April 13. Two nights later, the Bobcats traveled to Wahlert and came away with a 5-4 win.
Against Liberty, each team won three singles matches. At No. 1 singles, Meg Besler lost to Ella Gilbert, 6-4, 6-0, while Maci Steffen dropped her No. 2 singles match to Leela Strana, 6-1,6-1.
The Bobcats won the No. 3 and No. 4 singles match. Meredith Hoerner won game one, 6-3, over Oriana Bloom, before Bloom took game two 6-3. Hoerner took the deciding game 10-4. Maddie Heiderscheit won over Lucy Lohman, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
Liberty’s Olivia Mirabito won at No. 5 singles over Erin Beitzel, 6-4, 6-2. Sara Horsfield’s win over Brook Hildreth at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-3, evened the match heading into doubles play.
Besler and Steffen defeated Gilbert and Bloom, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, but the Lightning took the final two doubles matches. Strana and Lohman defeated Hoerner and Heiderscheit at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 3 doubles, Mirabito and Hildreth defeated Ellie McDermott and Lillie Wessels, 6-3, 6-4.
“This was a tough meet between two evenly matched teams,” said head coach Sam Nieman. “Details won out, as Liberty did more of the little things well.”
In the win against Wahlert , those “little things” Nieman mentioned went the Bobcats’ way.
Again, the team split the singles matches, having the outcome decided in doubles play.
At No. 1 singles, Besler lost to Claire Walker, 6-3, 6-0. Steffen dropped a close No. 2 match to Lindsay Cummer, 7-5, 6-4. At No. 3 doubles, Hoerner lost to Lilah Takes, 6-1, 6-0.
Heiderscheit dropped her first game at No. 4 singles to Wanti Du, 7-5, before winning the next two, 7-6(5) and 10-6. McDermott defeated Ava Graham at No. 5 singles, 6-3, 6-0, while Horsfield defeated Hannah Hefel, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.
Besler and Steffen lost their No. 1 doubles match to Walker and Cummer, 6-3, 6-4. Heiderscheit and McDermott defeated Takes and Du at No. 2 doubles, 7-5, 6-4 and Horsfield and Wessels won at No. 3 doubles over Graham and Hefel, 6-4, 6-4.
“This was a great meet,” Nieman said. “It was competitive everywhere and came down to tight matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. We were able to do the little things and win in the margins at those spots. We showed a ton of growth after a subpar performance earlier in the week.”
The Bobcats lost to Iowa City West, April 17, 9-0. Besler lost to Julianna Mascardo at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Steffen lost in No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0 to Caroline Chandler, while Wessels also lost 6-0, 6-0 to Caroline Mascardo at No. 3 singles. Zola Gross defeated Beitzel, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Brady Theisen lost to Lindsey Henkenius at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-1 and Lexi Clemen fell 6-0, 6-0 to Mohane Sunkara at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles play, Besler and Steffen lost at No. 1 to Lydia Shin and Lydia Shin, 6-1, 6-0. Wessels and Beitzel fell to Lilly Graham and Henkenius at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-3 and Clemen and Theisen lost at No. 3 doubles to Gross and Sunkara, 6-0, 6-2.
Later in the day, the Bobcats faced Iowa City, City High, falling 5-4.
At No. 1 singles, Besler won her first game, 6-2, but lost the next two, 6-1, 10-6 to Sarah Dockery-Jackson. Steffen lost her first game at No. 2 singles to Sonja Liebig, 6-4, then forced a third game with a 6-1 second game win. But Liebig won game three 10-4. Wessels lost to Anita Venzke, 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 singles. Beitzel lost at No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-3. Information about her opponent was not available. The Bobcats won by forfeit at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, with Theisen and Clemen credited with the wins.
In doubles action, Dockery-Jackson and Anita Venzke defeated Besler and Steffen, 6-4, 6-4. Beitzel and Wessels won by forfeit at No. 2 doubles, as did Theisen and Clemen at No. 3 doubles.