The Trinity Lutheran tennis team picked up a single victory behind freshman Courtney Barker, at No. 3 singles, in a 4-1 loss to Hauser on Wednesday.
Barker came up with a thrilling full three-set match victory at No. 3 singles against the Jets’ Alana Owen 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.
After dropping the first set, Barker fought long points at the baseline to take the second.
Typically, the third set is a super-tiebreaker to 10. However, since the match started nearly a half hour early, the two decided to play a full set.
At the start of the third set, Owen amassed a 4-1 lead.
However, Barker climbed back to win the next five-straight games resiliently to take the lone victory for the Cougars.
“I really don’t how she made that massive comeback, but I’m glad to see it,” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “That was our first full three-set match of the year. She did an incredible job of digging deep and pushing through. That’s what we’ve needed and talked about, and she did that tonight.”
In No. 1 singles action, the Jets’ Claire Lutsch defeated the Cougars’ Aurora Willman 6-4, 6-1 in a match where the scoreboard hardly mimicked the long battle on the court.
Another Jets singles win came behind Danielle Giles, in the two spot, against Kendyll Austin 6-1, 6-2.
The Jets relied on strong doubles play to gather a pair of team points.
Kiersten Gross and Sarah Tedder handled the Cougars’ Allison Hackman and Sydney Stuckwisch, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles.
The No. 2 doubles tandem of Annie Ashbrook and Erica Bostic prevailed over the Cougars’ Maddie Lucas and Shelby Nierman 6-2, 6-2.
With the loss to the Jets, the Cougars drop to 1-6 on the season.
Voss said that his girls are building confidence towards the end of the season, something his young team needs to pull out wins in tough matches.
“All year long we’ve been in matches, our record just doesn’t really show that,” he said. “We’ve been on the losing end of the overall match count, but we have matches where we win four games each set but lose 6-4. We’re right there. Our biggest thing we need to build on is confidence.”