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Century breezes past Dickinson

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Mariah Jorda hits a forehand shot against Bismarck Century’s Anne Dickson during a West Region dual on Thursday at the DHS tennis courts.

The Dickinson High girls tennis team had a tough task for its home opener — try to keep up with Bismarck Century, one of the top teams in the West Region.

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The Patriots got the best of the Midgets and spoiled their home opener with a 9-0 victory on Thursday at the DHS tennis courts.

Dickinson head coach James Kramer said it was a disappointing result, but playing a team of Century’s caliber shed light on the weaknesses his team needs to work on in order to become competitive.

“Our doubles have been really weak, even in the match that we won,” Kramer said. “I think we need to improve quite a bit in doubles before we’re going to be a little more competitive with teams like Century. It’s definitely an area we’re going to have to pick it up.”

In doubles the Patriots swept the Midgets, taking both sets from them.

During singles, Dickinson didn’t go down as easily.

After losing the first set 7-5, Dickinson junior Meryl Kovacs won the second set 6-4 over Courtney Brakin. Kovacs was the only Dickinson player to force a third set. Brakin defeated Kovacs 6-1 in the final set.

Despite the shutout loss, Kramer said the team score didn’t truly indicate how each individual’s matches went and some games were close.

“Even our one singles player (Lindsey Bakken), she got beat 6-0, 6-0 but almost every game was 3-2, 3-3 and she just didn’t win some crucial points,” Kramer said. “But all the games were close and it wasn’t really reflective of the team’s score and that’s a positive.”

Century’s Anne Dickson and Jamie Stoppler each edged out wins over their Dickinson opponent’s Mariah Jorda and McKenna Love 7-5, 6-4, respectively, in singles.

The Midgets are 1-2 on the season and have kept an upbeat attitude through it all which Kramer believes can lead to good things.

“The attitude and the effort has been first class, A-plus and that’s half the battle,” Kramer said. “If they continue to keep coming and have a good attitude, I think the rest is going to follow.”

Dickinson doesn’t have time to dwell on the heavy loss and immediately returns to the court to play Mandan at 3 p.m. today. The short turnaround could be beneficial to the team’s mentality and progress on the court against the Braves.

“They have a night to forget about it, wake up and play again,” Kramer said.

Singles: 1, Alyssa Wolf, Century, def. Lindsey Bakken, 6-0, 6-0. 2, Courtney Brackin, Century, def. Meryl Kovacs, 7-5, (4-6), 6-1. 3, Paige Fettig, Century, def. Ziria Rascon, 6-2, 6-0. 4, Anne Dickson, Century, def. Mariah Jorda 7-5, 6-4. 5, Jamie Stoppler, Century, def. McKenna Love 7-5, 6-4. 6, Morgan Grinsteinner, Century, def. Kayla Wallace 6-4, 6-3.

Doubles: 1, Brackin/Dickson, Century, def. Kovacs/Jorda 6-3 6-2. 2, Wolf/Stoppler, Century, def. Bakken/Love 6-3, 6-1. 3, Fettig/Grinsteinner, Century, def. Rascon/Ireland Jung 6-4, 6-2.