BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison Lady Hounds could take advantage of a split in singles competition falling to Keokuk 6-3 Thursday night in Fort Madison.
Molly Knipe got an 8-4 win over Keokuk’s Emma Evans at No. 1 singles. Sky Lawson won 8-2 at No. 4, and Lauren Otte won by injury default at No. 5 to help Fort Madison to a 3-3 split before the double action.
But Evans and Kaleigh Hall downed Knipe and Kayla Kruse 8-2 at the top doubles spot. While the Chiefs’ Jasmine Saunders and Julia de Gala had the same score in a win over Elizabeth Stuekerjuergen and Lawson. Abby Thompson and Olivia Rule knocked off Otte and Naudia Ruston in a close 9-7 match at No. 3 doubles.
“Our girls played well tonight all things considered,” Head Coach Jeremy Swink said.
“We had a few last minute substitutions, and adjusted fairly well given the circumstances. Had a few similar matchups that we saw earlier in the season with Keokuk and we saw some growth in those matches which is exciting and shows us we are moving in the right direction.”
The girls were hoping to build on the momentum from Tuesday’s 7-2 win over Mt. Pleasant, the first win of the year for the Lady Hounds.
Fort Madison dropped a singles match at No. 2 to when Maggie Fitzpatrick scored a close 8-6 win over Rachel Hellman, and Melanie Olivas shut out Stuekerjuergen at No. 4 singles.
But the Lady Hounds got wins from Knipe at No. 1, Kayla Kruse at No. 3 in a 7-5 tiebreaker, Lawson and Otte.
All three doubles teams of Knipe/Hellman, Kruse/Stuekerjuergen, and Otte Lawson recorded wins.
“It was nice to get our first team win. Still have some things to work on, but we are moving in the right direction,” Swink said.