TROY — Thursday afternoon the Northmont girls tennis team ran its record to 3-0 with a hard fought 3-2 victory at Troy High School. The match was Troy’s first of the season.
At first singles Northmont’s Akilah Parker scored a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Hannah Essick.
In second singles play Marissa Anderson defeated Troy’s Maggie Hennessy 6-4, 6-1.
“Marissa Anderson played extremely well! This is the same girl that beat her in three sets last year to win the match,” said Northmont Coach Christine Hall. “Marissa didn’t let up the second set after securing the first set…she should feel great about this win!”
Kennedy Harden came through with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at third singles over Ashley Bruns as Northmont swept all three singles matches.
“Kenney Harden won in convincing fashion, so we only needed to win one more court,” Hall said. “I felt good about having the match in the hands of our leader, Parker, and she came through by pulling out a close second set.”
Troy took both doubles matches with Maddie Kleptz and Marina Wehrkamp defeating Hailey Weaver and Michelle Hibbard 6-4, 7-5 while Akari Nagata and Zoey Scancarello defeated Emily Molen and Amari McCain, 7-5, 6-4.
“Both doubles teams played well, but we didn’t come through in close games at the end of the sets when we needed to,” Hall added. “We knew this was going to be a tough match. Troy beat us 3-2 last year, and both teams had six varsity players returning. The match was back and forth all day, but we came out on top 3-2 behind strong play by our singles players.”
Northmont opened the 2014 season on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory at West Carrollton.
Akilah Parker defeated Sara Bogan 6-0, 6-0 at first singles; Marissa Anderson defeated Becca Sule 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and Kennedy Harden defeated Breanna Logar at third singles 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles Hailey Weaver and Michelle Hibbard scored a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Mentalla Ismail and Lucy Shriver 6-0, 6-0. In second doubles play Emily Molen and Amari McCain defeated Natalie Hart and Griffins 6-0, 6-0.
“This was a great start to our 2014 season,” Hall stated. “We have a veteran team, and the girls have worked extremely hard in the off-season to make this year a success!”
Wednesday the Lady Bolts scored a 4-1 victory at home over Tecumseh.
Tecumseh’s Taylor Culbertson defeated Akilah Parker at first singles 6-2, 6-0 for the Arrows lone victory of the day.
“Tecumseh’s No. 1 player, Taylor Culbertson and our No. 1 player, Akilah Parker, are two of the top singles players in the area,” Hall commented. “Culbertson has always walked away victorious, but Parker is working hard to close that gap. I know this loss will motivate Parker to make sure she gets another shot at her in the Sectional finals [where they’ve met the past two years].”
At second singles Marissa Anderson scored a 6-1, 6-2 win against Karli Mulkey.
At third singles Kennedy Harden won by forfeit.
At first doubles Hailey Weaver and Michelle Hibbard defeated Erica Johnson and Libby Foland 6-4, 6-0 and at second doubles Emily Molen and Amari McCain defeated Shantel Burnett-Wheeler and Morgan Brewer 6-0, 6-0.
“I am impressed with the play of newcomer, Emily Molen, and her partner, Amari McCain. They just started playing together a few days ago. They have a lot to learn, but they are communicating well and executing on the court,” Hall added.
Tuesday, August 19 the Lady Bolts host Springboro, play at Greenville on Wednesday, host Piqua on Thursday then head to Tipp City to play in the Schroeder Tournament on Saturday starting at 8 a.m.