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Dickinson ends season strong against Jamestown

After taking two of the three doubles matches the Midgets held the advantage going into the singles round.

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Dickinson High School Girl's Tennis final match was at home where they saw victory over Jamestown. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

After losing to St. Mary’s Central on Thursday, Dickinson were looking to bounce back against Jamestown, who has not won a conference match yet.

After taking two of the three doubles matches the Midgets held the advantage going into the singles round.

Dickinson won five of the six singles matches to defeat Jamestown 7-2, finishing the regular season with a 4-4 conference record and 9-4 overall.

Head coach Lia Bradley, mixed up the doubles pairing for this matchup, with Valeria Bradley teaming up with Liberty Fullmer on the No. 2 team. They won their match in three sets, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2.

“The doubles were close in the beginning, I was a little worried,” Lia Bradley said. “Our two doubles pairings were able to come back and win. We tried different combinations so we could get two out of the three wins.”

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The Dazell sisters, Emma and Rachel, lost their first doubles set 6-4, but came back with a 6-4 win in the remaining two sets.

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Co-captain Emma Dazell anticipates her opponents movement and by doing so she take advantage and the win in the second set. (Josiah C. Cuellar/The Dickinson Press)

“We tried them together when we played a team from the east region,” Lia said. “They had a little experience together and did well. They complimented each other well.”

Dickinson dominated the singles round with the exception of Valeria Bradley, the only one to not secure a victory. Despite the loss, Lia Bradley was impressed with the way she performed.

“She had a really tough match,” Bradley said. “This was one of her best matches against a strong opponent. It was entertaining to watch because they were evenly matched. They were both very aggressive and the points were very long. It was a battle.”

Valeria Bradley lost her match in three sets 4-7, 6-4, 7-6 and lost the tiebreaker in the third set. This is Valeria Bradley second lost of the season in singles.

Emma Dazell, Elizabeth Dean, and Lola Homiston each dominated their matches winning in two sets and not allowing their opponents to register more than a point on any set.

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With the match already decided in favor of the Midgets after the top four singles matches, the No. 5 and 6 matchups played just one set. Julianne Kadrmas and Rachel Dazell won their matches 8-7 and 8-2 respectively.

“All of the singles were excellent,” Lia Bradley said. “Everyone played hard and contributed to the win.”

Dickinson can now set their sights on regionals with their first competitors to be St Mary’s. The tourney will take place in Jamestown and will begin Thursday, May 27. It’s a different format than the regular season, with only three singles rounds and two doubles matches taking place.

“We have to play with that strategy, getting to three wins,” Bradley said. “We were close in our matchup with St. Mary’s. We’ll have to figure out how to format our team.”

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