Hayes’ girls tennis team battled in its opener, but inexperience hurt in the end as host Bradley rolled to a 5-0 non-league win Wednesday in Hilliard.
That was the bad news for the Pacers. The good news: win or lose, every match offers the young team a chance to grow … and the opener was no different.
“We knew going into today that this was going to be a really tough match, but the girls worked really hard on the court today,” first-year Hayes coach Julieanne McClain said. “Moving forward, we are going to continue to focus on improving every single match.”
In singles action, Bradley’s Haley Jackson defeated Hayes’ Anna Adams 6-2, 6-2 at first singles, Amaray Denney beat Emily Miklas 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and Kris Slyh handled Nathalie Moorman 6-0, 5-0 (ret.) on the third singles court.
Bailey Decker and Eryn Henderson teamed up to beat the Pacers’ Juliette Rike and Noel Beyer-Hermsen 6-2, 6-0 at first doubles and Hannah Salch and Emily Henderson beat Kara Wegmiller and Mallory Hackett 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles to smooth out the scoring summary.
Freshman Macie Kercsmar picked up a solid win at first singles, but Big Walnut failed to nab any others as host Gahanna notched a 4-1 OTCA win Tuesday afternoon.
Kercsmar outlasted her opponent in a third-set tiebreaker after winning the first 6-4 and dropping the second 3-6.
Other BW contributors included Erika Kessler, who lost 4-6, 0-6 at second singles; Anna Faust, who fell 0-6, 0-6 at third singles; and the doubles duos of Maddie Pahl and Abigail Friend and Brittany Mills and Elisabeth Yuhas, both losing in straight sets.