Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Varsity Tennis falls to Jasper 3 – 2

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If there was any doubt that Mount Vernon Girls Tennis has improved since last season, it was put to rest at the Jasper High School tennis courts late Tuesday night. Last season, Jasper took every game, along with the match, in their visit to Mount Vernon. Tuesday night, Mount Vernon Girls Tennis went to Jasper with the hopes of reconciling that loss. Leading the charge at #1 singles was Morgan Woods who displayed an array of crisp ground strokes, painting lines and moving her opponent side-to-side from the start until the finish. Woods would conclude her match 6-4, 6-4 against Delaney Wigand, representing Mount Vernon’s first, but not only victory on Jasper’s home courts. Mount Vernon’s Maggie Jones, at #3 singles, played a tough match against Jasper’s Emma Reutepohler with Jones using everything in her arsenal to stop a game opponent. Jones jumped out to a 2-1 lead behind a mix of lobs and drop shots, but in the end, it was Reutepohler who would come out ahead 6-2, 6-1. It was a similar story for Mount Vernon’s #1 doubles team of Cora Epley and Maggie Collins who came up short against tough competition from Jasper’s Josie Yarbrough and Hadley Meyer. Epley and Collins stayed close through the first set trading games with their opponents using solid serves and aggressive net play, but a break of serve gave Jasper the first set 6-4. With the level of play raised, Jasper took the final set 6-0. At #2 doubles, Mount Vernon’s Janell Schirtzinger and Leah Bilskie fought back from an early deficit to win the first set 6-4 against Jasper’s Mackenzie Cooley and Priyal Sharma, but would drop the second set 4-6. Jasper jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the third, but Schirtzinger and Bilskie’s patience and steady play wore down their opponents until the match was square 4-4. The few more good shots and a couple unforced errors tipped the scales toward Jasper with the match ending at 6-4 in the final set. In the final match of the night, concluding shortly before 9pm, Mount Vernon’s #2 singles Bryley Harms forced a third set after dropping the first 2-6, then picking up the second 6-4. Harm’s showed her skill as a tactician on the court, refusing to be pulled into baseline rallies, forcing Jasper’s Taylor Marshall to play a different style of tennis. With strings of thudding serves, lobs and forehand slices, Harms pulled out the final set 6-3, thereby solidifying Mount Vernon’s strongest tennis performance against Jasper in recent history.