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3/23/2013 12:55:00 PM
Girls tennis splits games after two weeks off

Travis Guy
Sports Reporter

Like the boys team, the Mingus Union girls tennis team went just over two weeks before playing, but unlike the boys, the girls already had one win under their belt.

Looking to improve on that, the Marauders faced Prescott High School and Sedona Red Rocks High School, splitting results.

"The time off did not help the team," said head coach Andrea Meyer. "As soon as we came back [from spring break] we worked on moving, because we knew we had a week off, so we worked on readiness drills, we worked on foot-work drills, we worked on speed and agility, because we knew Prescott would send that ball back faster, they're just a really deep team and we expected them to be that way and they were."

The girls ended the layoff by getting blanked 6-0 by the Prescott Badgers, a team that plays tennis year-round. Junior Bethany Hickey was able to score five points through the two sets, but the whole team was overpowered.

"I think it showed us that we do need to practice to become better, and also that the games that we played showed us our skill set," Bethany said. "It kind of opened our eyes to 'hey, we're not all that,' it kind of humbled us in a way. It humbled me definitely."

The Marauders were able to rebound from that loss with a 4-3 win at home over the Scorpions.

Mingus Union picked up the doubles win after courts two and three recorded 8-4 and 8-2 wins, respectively. On court one, Bethany and doubles partner, senior Corrin Davis, were competitive in their match, but ended up dropping the match 8-5.

Both girls said that they were not able to focus during the doubles match.

"In the beginning of the game, my mind just wasn't into it," Bethany said. "I wasn't focused on tennis, just got back to school, [and it was] Friday. Definitely my singles I focused in, but my doubles I just wasn't all there."

Corrin was not able to focus because she had gone a field trip earlier in the day to Phoenix and almost did not make it to the match on time.

"My mind-set wasn't in the right place, I had to rush to get here and was almost late [and] I was really stressed."

After the loss, both girls were able to focus for their singles matches. Corrin tallied a win with 6-1 and 6-3 scores in her match.

"I was able to relax and kind of just focus on it, instead of almost being late, kind of nervous, I was able to calm down and just focus on my singles match," Corrin said.

Bethany would play what was arguably the days' most competitive match. Both sets were played down to the wire and after Bethany recorded a win in the first set and her opponent, Sedona Red Rock's Morgan Clark, forced a tiebreaker by clinching the second set.

Both girls played for every point and were looking to build momentum to clinch the match, but it was the Scorpions Morgan Clark that was able to get the upper hand and clinch the match with a 10-8 tiebreaker win over Bethany.

"I was just thinking hit cross-court. I know she doesn't hit the beast backhands so I was going to hit there," Bethany said. "She also knew my weaknesses, which is lobbing. We both had our strategies and she came out to be the best strategist in the game ... I like the way I played and feel like she's a great opponent."

Coach Meyer was "proud of her match," and knows that the junior did everything she could.

"[She] hit a lot of good overheads, didn't miss any," Meyer said. "There wasn't any other way for her to win that match except hitting, really cracking the ball cross-court. The other girl was a back board [player], and there wasn't any other way except to play the style of game that Bethany did, and like she said, she just got edged out."

The girls will travel to Page High School on March 26th for their next match.

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