The Marietta High girls tennis team swept the Claymont Mustangs 5-0 in an East Central Ohio League match Thursday at Glendale Courts.
After losing to Dover Tuesday, the Lady Tigers picked up their first victory of the 2012 campaign to improve to 1-1. Head coach Chris Mayer noted the importance of getting the first victory out of the way.
"It's always good to get a win and get in the win column," Mayer said. "It helps greatly with that confidence going forward. We've got three matches next week, and it's gonna help us to go into those matches with the first win out of they way. It's a league win too, so that's big."
RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Emily Ketelsen serves during an East Central Ohio League doubles match against Claymont at Glendale Courts Thursday.
In the first singles match, Marietta sophomore Christy Heisler defeated Claymont junior Alyssa Hanlan 6-2 and 6-0. The second singles match had Marietta junior Madison Miller facing off against Claymont senior Olivia White. Miller was victorious with a 6-4 score twice.
"That second singles match was a long match," Mayer said. "It's always good to win those long matches. A lot of effort goes into winning those long matches."
The third singles match featured two juniors. Marietta's Amanda Ferguson defeated Claymont's Courtney Schwendiman by scores of 6-2 and 6-3.
In doubles action, junior Caitlin Harrison and sophomore Emily Ketelsen of Marietta triumphed over junior Devin Edwards and sophomore Megan Peters 6-4 and 7-5 in the first match.
In the second doubles match, Lady Tigers Shania Baker and Calaya Rake squared off against freshmen Katrina Simon and Taylor Mongiardo. Baker, a junior, and Rake, a freshman, were the victors by scores of 6-0 and 6-2.
"I thought we played well," Mayer said. "I thought we got off to a sluggish start in a couple matches but we turned it around and were playing much better as the matches wore on."
Mayer expects the team to have some success in spite of having no seniors on the roster.
"It's a young team this year," Mayer said. "We're gonna have a good season this year, but we're also building for next year as well."
The Lady Tigers will be back in action Monday against Tri-Valley at 4:30 p.m. at Glendale Courts.