The Lansing Lady Lions took their dual at Immaculata 6-3 on Tuesday.
“We had some good showings in a few matches, but we were not consistent enough across the board to take more than the three wins,” said Immaculata head coach Manuel Hernandez.
The No. 1 Immaculata doubles team of Sydney Simek and Liz Lee lost a close match to Lansing’s Katie Rathjen and Colby Mortinsen 8-7(7-3).
“Simek and Lee had a few opportunities to close out their match against Rathjen and Mortinsen, but they could not put the game wins back to back and they found themselves in a tiebreaker,” Hernandez said. “A mental error caused us to lose track of the scoring, and when a few unforced errors made their way into the match, Syd and Liz found themselves on the short end of the score.”
The No. 2 doubles match went to Lansing’s Sydney Chiles and Rachel Long 8-2, but Immaculata’s No. 3 doubles team of Priscila Hernandez and Elena Nine beat Ashley Miller and Sara LaMoe 8-6.
“Both teams had opportunities throughout the match until Priscila and Elena stepped it up just a little more in order to take the win,” Hernandez said. “The pair played hard and moved well throughout the match, with Priscila covering the base line extremely well.”
Four of the singles matches went Lansing’s way.
Rathjen, Long, Miller and LaMoe came away with victories for Lansing. Lee and Abby Meirose took wins for Immaculata.
Liz and Colby were at two-all when Liz started to make her move and she steadily built up a cushion as she finished the match by winning the last four games in a row,” Hernandez said. “Her baseline ground strokes were strong and she covered the court very well today.”
Hernandez said Meirose was down 5-2, but came back to win 8-6.
“She closed out the match well and that is something all the girls need to be able to do,” he said.
Even though Meirose was able to finish her match strong. Hernandez said it isn’t a strength of the entire team.
“We have some things to continue to work on, especially closing out matches,” he said.
The varsity squad will travel to Sabetha for a quad on Thursday, which will also include Marysville and Topeka-Hayden.