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Dickinson wins 4 of 6 singles to edge Blue Jays

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior McKenna Love hits a forehand shot against Jamestown’s Maria Lefevre during a West Region dual on Saturday at the DHS tennis courts.

Due to a cold and rainy morning, the West Region girls tennis dual between Dickinson and Jamestown started at the West River Community Center.

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However around noon, the sun was shining and the two teams made their way to the DHS tennis courts.

At the time, the dual had completed its doubles matches and the Blue Jays held a 2-1 lead.

Jamestown’s brief lead quickly diminished as Dickinson won four of the six singles matches en route to a 5-4 win on Saturday.

“We didn’t play really well doubles wise,” Dickinson head coach James Kramer said. “We challenged the girls when we started the singles matches outside. We said are better than this and we need to turn it around in singles. We really did. Nos. 3 through 6 really dominated in singles. They all played really well.”

Normally, West Region duals begin with singles and end with doubles. The Midgets had an opportunity to close the door early as they were held a substantial lead in every doubles matches. Yet, Dickinson’s duo of Lindsey Bakken and McKenna Love were the lone team to pick up a win at No. 2 doubles.

Love didn’t halt her winning ways at the WRCC. She handled Mariah LeFevre at No. 4 singles at 6-2 and 6-2.

With No. 3 singles Ziria Rascon nursing a sore knee, Mariah Jorda, Kayla Wallace and Love all moved up one spot. Ireland Jung received the start at No. 6 singles and the sophomore didn’t disappoint. She beat Taylor Webber 6-0 and 6-1.

“We decided to pull (Ziria) out today and give her a chance to rest her knee,” Kramer said. “She’ll bounce back. She’s one of our top players. Today it paid off and we might rest her again on Tuesday. We’ll see.

“Everyone moved up one spot and they all held their own very well. ”

Wallace defeated Kaitlin Mullowney at No. 5 singles in straight sets 6-1 and 6-0, while at No. 3 singles Jorda rolled Bailee Graves 6-4 and 6-2.

The Midgets continue their season traveling to the Bismarck Century round robin begin at 8 a.m. Monday at Sertoma Park in Bismarck.

“I know when we lineup and play Bismarck (High) on Tuesday, both teams are so even that it will come down doubles,” Kramer said. “Someone will win the match based on the doubles. We need to continue to get better at doubles. We have a lot of tennis to play next week with two tournaments and three duals in five days. It’s going to be a lot of tennis and the girls need that right now.”

Singles: 1, Erin Mullowney, J, def. Lindsey Bakken, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. 2, Jenna Reed, J, def. Meryl Kovacs, 6-4, 6-4. 3, Mariah Jorda, D, def. Bailee Graves, 6-4, 6-2. 4, McKenna Love, D, def. LeFevre, 6-2, 6-2. 5, Kayla Wallace, D, def. Kaitlin Mullowney, 6-1, 6-0. 6, Ireland Jung, D, def. Taylor Webber, 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles: 1, E. Mullowney/Reed, J, def. Kovacs/Jorda, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. 2, Bakken/Love, D, def. Graves/K.Mullowney, 6-3, 6-3. 3, LeFevre/Webber, J, def. Wallace/Jung, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.