By Brett Hart
Amery's girls' tennis team opened Middle Border Conference play in style, dominating Ellsworth, 6-1 in Amery, despite playing without its top doubles player. Autumn Rivard was unable to play due to injury, causing a shuffle in the lineup at four positions.
"The team did a great job of making adjustments, switching from doubles to singles and playing with different partners" said Amery Coach Tanya Julson.
The Warriors swept all four singles matches in straight sets. Drew Meyer defeated Maddie Beck, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1. Sophie Whitley blanked Ella Gardner at No. 2. Hailey Clausen dominated Bailey Ahlers, 6-0, 6-3, in the No. 3 match. And Deidra Meyer edged Claire Lawrence, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4 singles.
Ally de la Cruz and Hannah Bottolfson won the No. 1 doubles match, 7-6 (4), 6-3, over Riley Schumaker and Lydia Cole while Reese Benware and Mara Fulton claimed the No. 3 doubles victory, 6-2, 7-5, over Tori Dawley and Shelby Schultz.
Amery's only loss came at No. 2 doubles, and it took three sets, as Lily Marquand and Lidia Curtis fought off Marissa Maurer and Leah Pieper before going down, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 4-6.