PHILIPSBURG – The Lady Prospectors earned three wins out of seven matches Thursday afternoon as they kicked off the 2019 tennis season at home against Anaconda.
Makayla Pederson and Sierra Metesh earned a pair of straight set singles wins. Pederson beat the Copperheads’ Becky Dienhart 6-2, 6-4 while Metesh bested Mariam Law 6-3, 6-0.
Molly Ballweber also won a pro-set singles match against Anaconda’s Farabeth Barringtton 6-3.
Because the visitors only had four players, only those singles matches were used in the scoring and leaving Granite with a 3-1 advantage.
“(The) Anaconda players were kind enough to play more than once (some even three times), so all of my players could play,” said Granite Head Coach Meredith MacDonald. “Yesterday was a perfect season opener! I have six freshmen this season and they all got to play yesterday and experience real match play. There is so much potential with all of the girls and I am so excited for what this season will bring.”
Sarah Goff, who played No. 1 singles after two years in doubles, lost a pair of sets to the Copperhead’s No. 1 player Law. Both went into a tiebreaker game and found Law on the winning side 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-3).
Rounding out singles play was Lavinia Tenesch who fell to Dienhart 6-3 in a pro-set.
In doubles play, Reece Pitcher and Sadee Lilyquist fell to Law and Dienhart 8-0. Likewise, Alana Marletto and Anna Belle Locke lost to Harley Fullmer and Law 8-0.
The Lady Prospectors will take nine days off before hitting the courts again April 13 at the Darby Invitational.