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Girls varsity tennis defeats Northview 6-2 but loses 6-2 against Grand Rapids Christian in tri at christian, next day sweeps Lowell

Jeremy James, Sports Reporter

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Going undefeated at the tri at Christian on Thursday and beating Lowell the next day was junior Andrea Wang at 3 singles and sophomore Emily Johnson at 4 singles. While these two singles players were the only Rangers to go 3-0 over the span of the two days, every other flight competed and defeated Lowell in straight sets and battled hard against both Christian and Northview.

One of these long, hard-fought matches was 4 doubles, consisting of sophomores Olivia Hooper and Mina Siebert, against Northview. They won the first set 7-5 behind clutch points but lost set two 6-4; in the third set ten-point tie break they couldn’t slow down Northview’s’ momentum and lost 10-4.

While Christian ultimately won overall, some of the Ranger girls didn’t finish their matches against Christian including 1 and 2 doubles.

Winning against Northview as a team was huge for the Rangers with Northview being a conference opponent; against Christian even getting two wins without some matches even finishing is a success because of how good Christian has been in previous years.

Sweeping Lowell in the final match of the regular season is also a big momentum and confidence boost heading into conferences, where some flights may encounter them, and regionals.

Winning in straight sets and not suffering a game against the Red Arrows were 2 singles, junior Mandy Ehrlich, and 3 singles, junior Andrea Wang; while winning these matches handily may feel great at the time, it won’t always help you later in long, back and forth matches. A flight that dealt with this was 3 doubles, consisting of junior Courtney Fox and senior Myah Leavenworth. They won 6-4, 6-2, but had to pull out some tough, important games.

These blowout wins and tough matches hopefully put the Rangers at an advantage in conferences and regional where flights will encounter each of these most likely. The conference tournament was played the day after the Lowell match at Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Central where the Rangers qualified for regionals.

 

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