BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s girls tennis team opened its 2019 season with a 5-0 win over visiting Waite on August 15.
“This year’s Maumee team took a hit with losing three of its starters from last year, as well as two graduating seniors, and is in a start-over mode in terms of at least three courts,” said Maumee girls tennis coach Liz Moulton.
“They overcame their nervous first-start jitters and showed Waite they know how to play tennis. All courts looked great in this 5-0 win.”
The Panthers’ three singles players allowed only three combined points on the day.
Senior Makayla Gast started things off with a 6-1, 6-1 first singles win over senior J. Richardson.
“Makayla played very well and showed how she deserves to play at the coveted No. 1 spot,” Moulton said.
Junior Sophie Gerber followed up with a shutout second singles victory over E. Reitz.
“Sophie showed her strength of simply getting the ball back over the net time after time and looked very good on the court in terms of strength and consistency,” Moulton said.
Senior Jane Mavis completed the singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-0 win over A. Molina at the third spot.
“Jane has worked extremely hard this year practicing and her work ethic has proved to be the key to her performance,” Moulton said. “She showed her competitiveness and strong serving.”
With the Indians forced to default at second doubles, Maumee’s freshman first doubles team of Cora Boyles and Camren Ray rounded things out with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over M. Boyek and J. Friend.
“The Maumee girls played very well for their first varsity tennis match,” Moulton said.