Jays earn first region winBlue Jay tennis coach Pat Mullowney tried a different tactic in the long trip to Williston on Friday. Suffice it to say, they’ll use it again. The JHS girls’ tennis team broke up the long trip with a stop in Minot where it hit at the indoor facility there, got lunch then finished off the long haul.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Blue Jay tennis coach Pat Mullowney tried a different tactic in the long trip to Williston on Friday. Suffice it to say, they’ll use it again.
The JHS girls’ tennis team broke up the long trip with a stop in Minot where it hit at the indoor facility there, got lunch then finished off the long haul.
Once in Williston, the Blue Jays went 4-2 in singles action en route to a 5-4 win over the Coyotes for their first region win of the season.
“It ended up working out pretty well,” Mullowney said. “It was a pretty good plan breaking up the trip and then being ready and having our legs under us when we got to Williston.”
Senior captain Sarah Muhs led the way.
She blitzed Cassidy Owens 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and then teamed with Kara Fix to win their doubles match in straight sets.
“Sarah really led us today. She set the tone in singles with a convincing win,” Mullowney said.
Fix was also 2-0 on the day with a convincing singles win at No. 2.
Like Muhs and Fix, Anna Larson cruised in singles play.
Jenna Reed, however, had to work for it as she outlasted Keely Kleven 6-4 in the third.
“Fatigue was a factor at the end. It was a battle of wills, but she found a way to pull through for us,” Mullowney said.
Williston won two of the three doubles matches.
“We knew it’d be a dogfight. Williston is a scrappy team. They have a lot of good athletes. They make you work for everything and they keep the ball in play,” Mullowney said. “We talked about playing patient all week and for the most part we were able to do that and come out of it with a pretty good win.”
The Blue Jays finish the trip off today with a matinee against Dickinson.
Jamestown 5, Williston 4
No. 1: Sarah Muhs, JHS def. Cassidy Owens, 6-0. 6-1.
No. 2: Kara Fix, JHS def. Jayden Lynch, 6-2,6-4.
No. 3: Kayla Barke, WHS def. Erin Mullowney, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4 Jenna Reed, JHS def. Keely Kleven, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 5: Anna Larson, JHS def. Danielle Hodenfield, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 6: Kayla Beck, WHS def. Bailee Graves, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 1: Muhs/Fix, JHS def. Owens/Barke, 6-1 6-2.
No. 2: Lynch/Hodenfield, WHS def. Mullowney/Reed, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 3: Kleven/Beck, WHS def. Larson/Graves 7-5, 6-4.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at email@example.com