Lady Jets outlast Squaws, 3-2
Madison Johnson (left) and Emily Parrish are now 8-0 at number one doubles for AC with a big win against the Squaws. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
MONROE— To call it breezy outside during Bellmont and Adams Central's tennis meet at AC on Monday night would be like saying Monica Seles made a few noises when she played tennis.
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Seles was not present at the Hangar on Monday, but the Squaws and Lady Jets were, and their much anticipated rivalry this season did not disappoint, with AC squeaking out a 3-2 victory over the visiting Bellmonters from across the county.
The conditions were not ideal with the winds gusting at up to 35 MPH on the court at some points.
"I tell our girls all the time that in the spring your other opponent is the wind," AC coach Mike Hower commented after the matches. "Many times the player that can adjust better to the conditions wins."
The coaches words rang true as the Jets put their 7-0 record on the line to face a very tough Bellmont squad whose only loss coming into the day had been a 3-2 decision to a very tough Bishop Dwenger squad.
Bellmont scored their two points quickly getting wins at number one and three singles. Allison Gutierrez handled her AC foe, Jessica Ripley, with ease, 6-0, 6-2, while Alysha helmrich took her win 6-1, 6-0 over AC junior Aubrie Sanders who was filling in for Laura Sigworth who is out with a shoulder injury.
The Jets would respond, however with both of their doubles teams taking victories in straight sets. Madison Johnson and Emily Parrish handled Bellmont's Andrea Fruchte and Shelby Kiess at the number one doubles slot, 6-3, 6-2, while Hannah Harvey and Abby Snyder took down Taya Adams and Rachel Baumgartner at number two by the scores 6-2, 6-1.