Coyotes edge Blue Jays 5-4
Deadlocked at three after singles matches, the Jamestown and Williston girls tennis teams weren’t about to let each other off easy.
All three doubles matches went to the third set, with the host Coyotes claiming a 5-4 West Region victory on Friday night. The dual was moved indoors because of weather.
“We went inside to their new complex and I thought that was a great momentum changer for us,” Jamestown coach Pat Mullowney said. “But it came down to doubles, and it was one of those things where our momentum got changed and we couldn’t right the ship. We just went flat. It happens. We’ll bounce back.”
Jenna Reed, Bailee Graves and Maria LeFevre all came away victorious in singles competition.
At No. 2 singles, Reed beat Keely Kleven 6-2, 6-3, and Graves topped Kaylen Barstad 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. LeFevre’s 6-3, 6-1 win over Jami Wells at No. 4 singles gave Jamestown its share of the split.
Jamestown’s Kaitlin Mullowney gave Bethanie Pippin all she could handle at No. 4 singles, but fell 4-6, 6-3 and 7-5.
Graves and Kaitlin Mullowney won their No. 2 doubles match over Hunter and Barstad 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, but the Blue Jays weren’t able to secure any other doubles wins. LeFevre and Webber lost a close match 3-6, 6-2 and 7-5.
Pat Mullowney was specifically pleased with Graves, who won both matches she participated in.
“She’s gonna start taking off from here,” he said. “It was nice to see her pull those off.”
Jamestown continues its long road trip today, when it visits Dickinson.
“We got to let it go and have a short memory on this one,” Mullowney said. “We feel bad, but we’ll regroup for Dickinson.”
Williston 5, Jamestown 4
No. 1, Keyanna Enget, W, def. Erin Mullowney, 6-2, 6-2. No. 2, Jenna Reed, J, def. Keely Kleven, 6-2, 6-3. No. 3, Bailee Graves, J, def. Kaylen Barstad 7-5, 6-4. No. 4, Maria LeFevre, J. def. Jami Wells, 6-3, 6-1. No. 5, Bethanie Pippin, W, def. Kaitlin Mullowney, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. No. 6, Caitlyn Hunter, W, def. Taylor Webber, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1, Enget-Kleven, W, def. E. Mullowney-Reed, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0. No. 2, Graves-K. Mullowney def. Hunter-Barstad, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. No. 3, Pippin-Wells, W, def. LeFevre-Webber, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
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