Vikings, ’Cats play to draw again

Published 10:12 pm Monday, March 26, 2012

Niles’ Anna Flahaven defeated Brandywine’s Jessica Blank Monday afternoon. (Daily Star Photo/AMELIO RODRIGUEZ)

For the second straight year the Niles Vikings and Brandywine Bobcats girls varsity tennis teams split their match 4-4.

The Vikings dominated the singles portion of the match, taking three of the four flights, while the Bobcats took three of four in the doubles.

In singles play, it was Niles’ Anna Flahaven over Brandywine’s Jessica Blank in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 in one singles. In two singles, the Bobcats’ Ashley DeJonge defeated Allie Fuller in three sets 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

Brandywine’s Ashley DeJonge was a winner at No. 2 singles for the Bobcats Monday afternoon. (Daily Star Photo/AMELIO RODRIGUEZ)

“One singles (Flahaven) and one doubles (Briand and Schaller) both played really well today,” said Niles coach Jill Weber. “I’ve got a couple of girls on the team that have never played before, but they are picking it up real quick and we should be rolling after this.”

The other two singles matches were captured by the Vikings as Haley Linville, in three singles, defeated Ember Brant in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 and Serenity Wagner outlasted Victoria Knight, in four singles, in three sets, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

The Vikings took the one doubles match 6-1, 6-4 as Michelle Briand and Paxton Schaller defeated Brandywine’s Jessie Cooper and Rachel Gipson, but it was all Bobcats the rest of the way.

In two doubles, Alyssa Gamble and Caitlyn Cummings cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Abbey Rzepka and Stephanie Vernier.

MacKenzie Shelton and Carlie Newman knocked off Joselyn Dlouhy and Abbey Mattson in three doubles 6-1, 7-5.

While in four doubles it was Cassidy Purucker and Patience Newman outdueling Rachel Girvin and Brittany Clingerman 7-6, 7-5.

“Considering we have seven new kids on the court this year, I think it’s pretty good for us,” said Brandywine coach Joe Marazita about his team splitting with the Vikings. “Two evenly matched teams, and both schools fought hard.”

The Vikings will host Edwardsburg today, while the Bobcats will begin conference play Wednesday when they travel to Bridgman.