By Brett Hart
The Amery girls' tennis team participated in the Baldwin-Woodville Invitational on Sept 21 where it took on players from Baldwin-Woodville, Ashland and Ellsworth.
A flighted tournament with a random draw, Amery played well, according to coach Tanya Julson, with each player recording at least one win.
At No. 1 doubles, good footwork and a great net game led Autumn Rivard and Hannah Bottolfson to a first-place finish. In their first match, the duo defeated Baldwin-Woodville's Jessica Jarvis and Allie Albrightson, 6-3, 7-6 (2). Then they topped Ashland's Abby Davidson and Maddie Clevette, 7-5, 6-2, in the championship match.
The No. 4 doubles team of Truc Nguyen and Ashley Benysek also won their division. First, they edged Baldwin-Woodville's Alyssa Moore and Ashley Van Someren, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Then they won another close match over Ashland's Hannah Milanwoski and Abby Brew, 6-4, 6-4.
"This was a young freshman team that hustled and worked hard," said coach Julson. "It was fun to watch them improve throughout the day."
Drew Meyer took on Ashland's Taylor Vyskocil in the first round of the No. 1 singles bracket. After splitting with Vyskocil last season, Vyskocil topped Meyer in this instance, 6-2, 6-4. Meyer bounce back to win her third-place match over Baldwin-Woodville's Hannah Stitt, 6-1, 6-1.
Sophie Whitley moved her opponents around and placed second at No. 2 singles, defeating Ellsworth's Kacie Duval, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round before falling 6-3, 3-6, 9-11 to Ashland's Kieren Nortunen in the championship match.
Hailey Clausen made her opponents hit many shots through consistent play and was third at No. 3 singles, losing to champion Alison Nutt of Baldwin-Woodville, 1-6, 4-6 in the first round and then shutting out Ellsworth's Ella Gardner in the third-place match.
Deidra Meyer also lost her first match, 5-7, 1-6, to champion Ayla Westlund of Ashland, but fought for every point and bounced back for a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the No. 4 singles consolation bracket against Ellsworth's Bailey Ahlers.
Ella Gould placed third at No. 5 singles, opening with a 6-3, 2-6, 1-10 loss to Ellsworth's McKenna Girdeen before defeating Ashland's Nadia Perales, 7-5, 6-2.
Lily Marquand and Reese Benware earned third place at No. 2 doubles. The duo lost to Ashland's Kalli Mikkonen and Mara Pierce 6-3, 6-2 in Round 1 and rebounded for a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Leah Pieper and Marissa Maurer of Ellsworth in the consolation match.
At No. 3 doubles, Alaina Rivard and Mara Fulton, won their first match 4-6, 6-3, 19-17 over Ellsworth's Tori Dawley and Shelby Schultz, but lost the championship match to Baldwin-Woodville's Baily and Brooke Albrightson, 6-4, 6-1.