TENNIS: New faces help WCHS girls trip up Bulldogs

WEBSTER CITY – Players new to the varsity roster got the chance to contribute to a victory for the Webster City girls’ tennis team Friday afternoon at the WCHS courts.

Lynx head coach Heather Kierzek juggled her doubles teams to avoid fatigue and the tandems of Megan Carpenter and Megan Nilles, and Erin Larson and Megan Parkhill picked up key wins in a 6-3 meet victory over Hampton-Dumont.

Webster City (3-1) beat the Bulldogs for the second time this season and rebounded from a 9-0 loss to Clear Lake earlier in the week.

“We talked a lot the night before about the mental game and I thought the girls did a nice job,” Kierzek said. “Hampton has improved a lot since we played them the first time.

“I just wanted to give more girls the opportunity to play varsity and it was really hot, so I was just trying not to overheat anyone.”

Carpenter and Nilles overcame an early 4-1 deficit to knock off Alysa Buck and Brooklyn Plagge 8-6. Christensen and Parkhill scored key points at the end of the tiebreaker to trip up Bekah Christensen and Ciara Spradlin 9-8 (9-7).

No. 1 singles player Lynne Chalfant started the meet off by doubling up the Bulldogs’ Brittany Bollerjack, 8-4.

“Lynne did a nice job,” Kierzek said. “She controlled the match pretty much the entire time.”

Courtney Lampman knocked off Athena Levad by the same score in the No. 2 match and No. 3 Olivia Tasler controlled Buck for an 8-5 win.

Sierra Anderson, the Lynx No. 5 singles player, fought off Christensen for a 9-7 victory.