Maddie Holscher notched two more wins for the Scottsbluff girls tennis team in a pair of duals on Tuesday at the Scotts Bluff Country Club.
Scottsbluff played to a 2-2 split with Lexington and dropped an 8-1 decision to Class A North Platte.
Scottsbluff tennis coach Cassie Behnke credited Holscher for adding a pair of tough wins to her season total.
“It was definitely a challenging match for Maddie,” Behnke said of Holscher's 8-6 win over North Platte's Rachel Southard. “It was good for her to play someone like Rachel. The whole match was intense. Maddie had a good crowd there for her today and it was just really intense and really fun. So, it was fun just to have that atmosphere watching the two of them playing against each other.”
Holscher, who is coming off of a fourth-place finish at GNAC last week, defeated Lexington's Katelin Schultze, 6-1, 6-2, in her first No. 1 singles match before upending North Platte's Southard to finish the day.
Holscher has been exceptional for the Bearcats since winning the Scottsbluff Invitational on April 21 and Behnke believes the senior's determination and work ethic has allowed her the success she has been seeing throughout the season.
“I think everything is just falling into place and she's just peaking at the right time,” Behnke said of Holscher. “She has a tireless work ethic and she's really determined and really dedicated. It's just that kind of work ethic and determination that has gotten her to the point that she's at right now.”
In addition to Holscher's success on Tuesday, the newly-formed No. 1 doubles team of Sarah Poynter and Akacia Kraus has also been playing well over the past couple of weeks.
Poynter and Kraus grabbed Scottsbluff's only other win on the day after defeating Lexington's Maria Ramirez and Lindsay Gomez, 6-2, 6-4.
Behnke noted that the duo is working well together and just needed some time to adjust as a team.
“It has taken them a little time to gel and adjust,” she said of Poynter and Kraus. “It took seven games at GNAC to kind of get into the groove. They played really well against Lexington and that's great.”
Behnke said that Kraus, who started the season in the No. 2 singles spot, has adjusted well and is doing an excellent job in her role at No. 1 doubles.
“I think that in the perspective of what's best for the team, it's really what is working for the better of the team right now,” Behnke said. “I think it has been kind of a different transition for Akacia to go from singles to doubles, but she is really doing a wonderful job and has really good instincts. She's just been picking it up really well. She and Sarah listen so well that they understand what they are doing wrong now. It's great that they picked up on that so fast.”
Mikayla Fulk, who played No. 2 singles for the Bearcats on Tuesday, almost put Scottsbluff over the top against Lexington on Tuesday, but was stopped short in her match against the Minutemaids' Skyler Speer in a tie-breaker loss, 6-4, 1-6, (4-10). Fulk also played well against North Platte's Jenae States, who is a seasoned No. 1 singles player in Class A.
“She's adjusting really well,” Behnke said of Fulk's move from doubles to singles. “She's had a lot of really hard matches. To get two games on somebody that normally plays no. 1 singles, that's pretty good. I think that she's starting to fall into how no. 2 singles works and she's doing a really good job of adjusting.”
The Bearcats will return to action on Thursday at Ogallala.
No. 1 singles — Madeline Holscher, Scottsbluff, def. Katelin Schultze Lexington, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 singles — Skyler Speer, Lexington, def. Mikayla Fulk, Scottsbluff, 6-4, 1-6, (4-10).
No. 1 doubles — Sarah Poynter/Akacia Kraus, Scottsbluff, def. Maria Ramirez/Lindsay Gomez, Lexington, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 doubles — Darcy Benjamin/Kelby O'mear, Lexington, def. Michelle Clark/Rachel Madden, Scottsbluff, 6-2, 7-5.
Vs. North Platte
No. 1 singles — Madeline Holscher, Scottsbluff, def. Rachel Southard, North Platte, 8-6.
No. 2 singles — Jenae States, North Platte, def. Mikayla Fulk, Scottsbluff, 8-2.
No. 3 singles — Kim Hall, North Platte, def. Akacia Kraus, Scottsbluff, 8-6.
No. 4 singles — Megan Stokey, North Platte, def. Sarah Poynter, Scottsbluff, 8-3.
No. 5 singles — Candace Orton, North Platte, def. Rachel Madden, Scottsbluff, 8-1.
No. 6 singles — Amber Williams, North Platte, def. Michelle Clark, Scottsbluff, 8-4.
No. 1 doubles — Hall/Stokey, North Platte, def. Poynter/Kraus, Scottsbluff, 8-2.
No. 2 doubles — Orton/Williams, North Platte, def. Madden/Clark, Scottsbluff, 8-2.
No. 3 doubles — Southard/States, North Platte, def. Fulk/Olivia Salazar, Scottsbluff, 8-0.