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Blue Jays make strides vs. Legacy

Blue Jay girls tennis coach Jordan Koushkouski was much happier with his team's effort on Thursday in Bismarck.

Jamestown ultimately fell to Bismarck Legacy in a West Region dual 6-3, but the Jays' style of play was much closer to par after a rough start to the season.

Jamestown (0-5 overall) dropped its home opener to Valley City on Tuesday 8-1, and was also blanked 5-0 in nonconference matches against Minot, Williston and Bismarck Century at the Minot Varsity Duals on Monday.

"We had a little team meeting (Wednesday), and discussed how we'd like to get things turned around after our start this week and kinda restart our season," Koushkouski said. "Obviously, we're striving for a win on the scoreboard, but we definitely saw a lot of improvement as far as how we were playing."

Jamestown junior Kaitlin Mullowney picked up her first victory of the season at No. 1 singles, defeating sophomore Abby McPherson in a wild 7-6(5), 1-6, 11-9 affair. Senior Savannah Montoya also collected her first win at No. 3 singles, breezing past freshman Hannah Felt 6-3, 6-1.

Jamestown also won at No. 3 doubles. Junior Payton Hoggarth and sophomore Courtney Peterson teamed up to take down Karissa Albaugh and Alexi Ness 6-3, 6-4.

"Kaitlin was the last one to go out to finish the night after a pretty long No. 1 doubles match," Koushkouski said. "The light was fading, but she was able to gut it out after losing the second set to a quality opponent.

"Courtney and Payton were able to secure a win for the first time together. We played a lot closer matches tonight."

Peterson came back from a 2-6 loss in the first set at No. 5 singles, topping Sierra Knoll 7-5 before losing 6-1 in a tiebreak. Mullowney and Montoya also went the distance with Brianna Metzger and Felt at No. 1 doubles, falling short 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Jamestown has been fighting an early-season injury bug, with senior and No. 3 singles player Medora Pringle yet to compete. Up next is the Minot Round Robin on Monday.

"Hopefully we'll get Medora healthy and get a full lineup going soon," Koushkouski said. "We have some time before our next conference match.

"We definitely saw a lot of areas to improve, and we'll take that into practice (today) and next week and hopefully become a better team because of it."

Legacy 6, Jamestown 3

Singles

No. 1: Kaitlin Mullowney, J def. Abby McPherson 7-6(5), 1-6, 11-9.

No. 2: Brianna Metzger, L def. Megan Larson 6-0, 7-5.

No. 3: Savannah Montoya, J def. Hannah Felt 6-3, 6-1.

No. 4: Karissa Albaugh, L def. Paton Hoggarth, 7-6(4), 6-1.

No. 5: Sierra Knoll, L def. Courtney Peterson 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.

No. 6: Alexi Ness, L def. Jess Schultz 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles

No. 1: Metzger/Felt, L def. Mullowney/Montoya 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

No. 2: McPherson/Camaryn Beasley, L def. Larson/Schultz 6-1, 6-4.

No. 3: Hoggarth/Peterson, J def. Albaugh/Ness 6-3, 6-4.

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