Demons edge JHS
Jamestown was right there with Bismarck High Tuesday at Capital Racquet & Fitness Center, but the Demons were a little better at finishing.
As a result, Bismarck earned a 7-2 West Region win.
“I felt like we left some matches out there tonight,” JHS coach Pat Mullowney said. “Overall, it was a pretty solid effort. We just need to find a way to turn a set here and there and get the tide turned in our favor.”
Erin Mullowney notched another win at No. 1 singles as the Blue Jay senior took care of Jenna Andre in straight sets, 7-6 (2) and 7-5.
“She dialed it back when she needed to and was able to win some big points when she really needed to and that’s what it’s all about,” Pat Mullowney said. “In those close matches, it comes down to a point-here, or a point-there.”
The other JHS win came from sophomore Taylor Webber, who won a long three-setter over Carissa Craven, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 6 singles match. She won 11 straight games at one point, but it got hairy late before she closed it out.
“She was up 5-0 in the third, but then had to dig when it got to 5-4, but she found a way to do it,” Mullowney said. “It’s her first varsity win and that was a lot of fun to see her gut it out. That’s a big step forward for her.”
Eighth-grader Kaitlin Mullowney put up a good fight at No. 4 singles. Mullowney forced the third set with a 6-4 win in the second, but Kayla Steffes prevailed 6-4 in the third.Bailee Graves dropped two tight sets at No. 3 to Lauryn Andre, 7-6 (8) and 7-5.
In doubles play, Jenna Reed and Graves went the distance, but fell 6-2 in the third to Jenna and Lauryn Andre.
The Mullowney sisters won 12 games at No. 2 doubles, but fell to Rachel Schumaier and Steffes 7-5, 7-5.
Ball placement continues to be a work in progress, the coach said.
“We just have to use the whole court a little better. We have to be able to push our opponent back more and that’s something we struggled with in singles play,” Pat Mullowney said. “It doesn’t have to be about pace. Depth can be a weapon over pace.
“We’re not disappointed with the effort, just the result. The girls fought out there. They did a lot of good things,” Mullowney said.
A busy weekend is ahead, starting with a home match against Fargo South at 4 p.m. Thursday. Friday and Saturday bring the long haul to Williston and Dickinson.
Bismarck 7, Jamestown 2
At Capital Racquet & Fitness Center
No. 1: Erin Mullowney, JHS, def. Jenna Andre, 7-6, (7-2), 7-5.
No. 2: Rachel Schumaier, BHS, def. Jenna Reed, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3: Lauryn Andre, BHS, def. Bailee Graves, 7-6, (10-8), 7-5.
No. 4: Skyler LaFave, BHS, def. Maria LeFevre, 7-6, (7-5), 6-1.
No. 5: Kayla Steffes, BHS, def. Kaitlin Mullowney, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
No. 6: Taylor Webber, JHS, def. Carissa Craven, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
No. 1: Andre-Andre, BHS, def. Reed-Graves, 6-7, (7-3), 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2: Schumaier-Steffes, BHS, def. Mullowney-Mullowney, 7-5, 7-5.
No. 3: LaFave- Craven, BHS, def. LeFevre-Webber, 6-4, 6-1.
Minot put plenty of shots on Jamestown goalkeeper Haley Hillstrom to beat the visiting Blue Jays 4-0 Tuesday night on the field turf of Herb Parker Stadium.
Taryn Love scored a pair of first-half goals to get the Majettes out front.
Minot goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stenberg had one save. The win gives Minot (5-0) a share of the lead with Bismarck Century in the West Region.
Hillstrom finished with 19 saves in net for the 0-5 Blue Jays, who are set to host Bismarck High at 5 p.m., Thursday.
Minot 4, Jamestown 0
First half: 1, M, Taryn Love (Teasha Hughes), 5:33. 2, M, Hughes (Love), 15:58. 3, M, Love (unassisted), 30:09.
Second half: 4, M, Malena Lennon (unassisted), 49:32.
Goalkeeper saves: J, Haley Hillstrom 19. M, Kaitlyn Stenberg 1.
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