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Granite opens tennis season with match against Anaconda

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.

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