Fairfield girls’ tennis drops home opener
The Fairfield girls’ tennis squad fell just shy of its first meet victory Thursday, claiming four matches to Southeast Conference rival Mount Pleasant’s five on the Fairfield Middle School courts.
The Trojans received victories from sophomore Karley Williams and senior Courtney Laux in singles action. Haylee Gilpin and Kim O’Carroll, and Williams and Rachel Hathaway also won in doubles play.
Williams jumped out to an early lead against Mount Pleasant’s Shelby Barton at No. 2 singles and never looked back en route to an 8-3 win. At No. 5 singles, Laux fought off Raeanna Crile for an 8-5 win.
The Trojans trailed Mount Pleasant 4-2 after singles play and needed a sweep in doubles action to claim the meet win. They almost got it, too, with wins in two of their final three matches.
Gilpin and O’Carroll won the most lopsided match of the night, dispatching of Mount Pleasant duo Taylor Beatty and Tasha Glover 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. Fairfield’s No. 2 doubles team of Williams and Hathaway also cruised to an 8-3 victory against Barton and Becca Lehman.
In JV action, Fairfield won three out of seven doubles matchups. The duo of Abby Shaner and Madison Soupiset rolled to an 8-5 win, and Emma Lemlin and Eden Bell buried their competition 6-1. The team of Sierra Simmons and Audry Hammes pulled out a 5-4 victory, as well.
The Trojans (0-2) have a week off before hosting Ottumwa next Monday.