Hounds girls fall to Keokuk netters


KEOKUK – The Lady Bloodhounds couldn’t capitalize on an invitational win over the weekend and fell in girls tennis action Monday night in Keokuk.

Fort Madison only got two singles wins at No. 3 and No. 6 and got a win at No. 3 doubles before falling to the Chiefs 3-6.

Hope Gray got the Lady Hounds on the board with an 8-3 win over Keokuk’s Lauren Hasselbush at No. 3 and Charissa Smith dropped Keokuk’s Maddy Miller 8-2.

No. 1 Katie Larson came up just short of a win against Jakala Hall 7-9 and Kearstyn Johnson fell to Madison Etter 4-8. Larissa Ferrill fell to Allie Brookhart after pushing the match to the ninth game but fell 7-9. Mercedee Doty fell at No. 5 singles 3-8 to Lexi Walrath.

The Lady Hounds didn’t fare much better when paired up in doubles action as Larson and Gray fell to Etter and Brookhart 3-8, Johnston and Ferrill fell by the same count to Hall and Hasselbush. Smith and Doty defeated Walrath and Miller 8-2 to get a win for the Lady Hounds.

“Most of these matches had games that were very close,” Head Coach Amy Doherty said. “The scores don’t really reflect the effort behind each point. It’s not the result we wanted, but each girl learned a little about what they need to work on going forward.”

The Lady Hounds travel to Davis County on Tuesday.


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