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Midgets edge JHS

With doubles out of the way and a 2-1 lead, the Jamestown girls tennis team only needed a split of the dual’s singles matches.

It fell just short.

Dickinson won four of six to claim a hard-fought 5-4 West Region victory over the visiting Blue Jays, who won two of three doubles matches inside the West River Community Center.

However, singles matches were moved outside, and Dickinson shined, winning the bottom four battles.

Jamestown’s Erin Mullowney defeated Lindsey Bakken 7-6 (7-5) and 6-4 at No. 1 singles, and also, Jenna Reed won at No. 2 singles, beating Meryl Kovacs in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4.

“Dickinson was in control of all the (doubles) matches — our No. 1 and No. 3 teams were down 5-2 in the third and we were able to dig out and win both sets,” Jamestown coach Pat Mullowney said. “Then you feel pretty good about going outside. We went out for singles, and you’ve got to give it to Dickinson. They’ve got a veteran team and they’re deep. ... They just handled us in those matches.”

Dickinson didn’t appear to have much trouble with the bottom four matches, dealing the Blue Jays their second 5-4 loss on the long, western road trip.

“We didn’t play really well, doubles-wise,” Dickinson coach James Kramer told Forum News Service. “We challenged the girls when we started the singles matches outside. We said we are better than this and we need to turn it around in singles. We really did. Nos. 3 through 6 really dominated in singles. They all played really well.”

Erin Mullowney and Reed also won their No. 1 doubles match, rallying past Kovacs and Mariah Jordan 4-6, 6-4 and 7-5. Maria LeFevre and Taylor Webber also rallied at No. 3 doubles, edging Kayla Wallace and Ireland Jung 2-6, 6-1 and 7-5.

Pat Mullowney said his team needs to take more chances and keep the pressure on.

“We just played conservatively, a bit cautiously,” he said. “We’ve got to continue to work on putting pressure on our opponents, and winning some points from them having to make pressure shots.”

The Blue Jays resume their season today, when they go to Bismarck for a round robin tournament. The busy week also features a visit to powerhouse Bismarck St. Mary’s on Tuesday and a home dual vs. Minot on Thursday.

Dickinson 5, Jamestown 4

Singles

1, Erin Mullowney, J, def. Lindsey Bakken, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. 2, Jenna Reed, J, def. Meryl Kovacs, 6-4, 6-4. 3, Mariah Jorda, D, def. Bailee Graves, 6-4, 6-2. 4, McKenna Love, D, def. LeFevre, 6-2, 6-2. 5, Kayla Wallace, D, def. Kaitlin Mullowney, 6-1, 6-0. 6, Ireland Jung, D, def. Taylor Webber, 6-0, 6-1.

Doubles

1, E. Mullowney/Reed, J, def. Kovacs/Jorda, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. 2, Bakken/Love, D, def. Graves/K.Mullowney, 6-3, 6-3. 3, LeFevre/Webber, J, def. Wallace/Jung, 2-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Sun sportswriter Chris

Aarhus can be reached at

(701) 952-8462 or caarhus@jamestownsun.com

Chris Aarhus
Aarhus has been a sportswriter for the Jamestown Sun since May of 2012. Prior to that, he was the sports editor at the Minot Daily News and The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D. He also worked as a sports writer at The Dickinson Press. He was honored as North Dakota's Sportswriter of the Year for 2014.
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