Despite a handful of close matches, the scorecards didn’t turn in Trinity Lutheran’s favor on Wednesday.
The Cougars’ girls tennis team fell to Hauser 4-1 for their fifth straight loss on the season.
In a match that lasted just under three hours, at No. 2 singles, the side with the most grit came out on top.
Trinity’s Abby Schult found herself in a dogfight against the Jets’ Catherine Bruer.
After dropping the first set 6-4, Schult dug in to take the second 7-6 by winning the tiebreaker 7-5.
The two sides continued to battle throughout the third set, but another tiebreaker would determine the victor.
Schult fell behind 5-4, but rallied to win the next three points and claim the lone win for Trinity.
“I feel that (Schult) had a little more determination than the other girl tonight,” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “She was able to figure out a few things to do against her offensively to get her off-balance. That third set, they just went back and forth. We were just fortunate enough to get more points than them.”
At No. 2 doubles, Trinity’s Macey Prewitt and Lauren Fleetwood snagged the first set against Tori Chandler and Melanie Taylor 7-5.
However, the Jets responded by taking the next two sets 6-0, 6-1.
Leah Stuckwisch dropped a close 6-4, 6-4 match to Hauser’s Madie Sherman at No. 3 singles.
Sarah Teddar and Annie Ashbrook defeated Lauren Voss and Sidney Hoene 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Alana Owen bested Courtney Barker 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles for the Jets.
Voss said the team played much better than its previous match against Shawe Memorial.
“We played Monday night and just didn’t show up. We were hitting the ball without thinking,” he said. “Tonight, I was very pleased with the performances across the board, especially at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles. The wheels just came off at No. 2 doubles after that first set.”
On Saturday, the Cougars (1-5) will play in the conference tournament at Shawe Memorial.