The North Platte Lady Bulldogs tennis squad had a little change in format on Tuesday, as they hosted Scottsbluff and Kearney in a triangular at Cody Park. North Platte played Scottsbluff in a state meet format, as they competed in No. 1 and 2 singles, and No. 1 and 2 doubles in the best two-of-three set matches. The Kearney match was played in the usual format, with six singles and three doubles matches.
North Platte’s contest with Scottsbluff ended in a tie, with North Platte winning the two doubles matches and Scottsbluff winning both singles.
At No. 1 doubles, North Platte’s Rachel Southard and Kim Hall defeated Sarah Poynter and Akocia Kraus of Scottsbluff, 6-1, 6-0.
“We really dominated in the doubles,” said North Platte coach John Lehmer. “Rachel and Kim played great doubles like they always have when they play together. They played aggressively and won easily.”
In the No. 2 doubles match-up, the Lady Bulldogs tandem of Dani Windham and Candace Orton only gave up two games in their 6-1, 6-1 win over Rachel Madden and Michelle Clark.
Lehmer was happy with the No. 2 doubles team with their limited time together.
“I was very impressed with Dani and Candace,” the coach said. “They have not played together much, but played consistently, and handled Scottsbluff’s No. 2 doubles team.”
Scottsbluff’s Madeline Holscher won her No. 1 singles match with North Platte’s Jenae States, 6-2, 6-2, while the Lady Bulldogs’ Megan Stokey dropped a close three-set contest with Mikayla Fulk, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
At No. 1, Lehmer said the play of Holscher was impressive.
“Madeline played awesome at No. 1 singles,” Lehmer said. “Jenae’s effort was good as always, but just couldn’t find a way through Madeline.
“Megan made an amazing comeback after dropping her first set 6-0 [to Fulk]. Losing a close, hard-fought third set.”
Kearney dominated the final match of the day, defeating the Lady Bulldogs 9-0.
“We were overwhelmed by a solid Kearney team,” Lehmer said. “We were competitive at No. 1 and 2 singles, but Kearney demonstrated how important depth is in high school tennis.”
Following are the Kearney results:
Singles — No. 1 - Rachel Southard lost to Jaydn Trimble, 7-4 (ret); No. 2 – Jenae States lost to Megan Bush, 8-5; No. 3 – Kim Hall lost to Stephanie Shields, 8-0; No. 4 – Megan Stokey lost to Kayla Bamesberger, 8-1; No. 5 – Candace Orton lost to Leigha Limbach, 8-1; No. 6 – Dani Windham lost to Hayley Limbach, 8-0.
Doubles — No. 1 - Southard/Hall lost to Bush/Trimble, 8-2; No. 2 – Windham/Orton lost to Shields/L. Limbach, 8-1; No. 3 – States/Stokey lost to H. Limbach/Emily Nelson, 8-4.