DuBOIS — After beating St. Marys, 5-2, earlier in the season, the DuBois girls tennis team improved by a match as it defeated the Lady Dutch, 6-1, Thursday afternoon.
Marissa Torretti and Alexis Strouse each recorded a pair of wins for the Lady Beavers. Toretti beat returning District 9 champion Sarah Casey in three sets before teaming with Strouse to drop Casey and Leah Gabler, 8-2, in doubles. It marked the second time this season Torretti beat Casey twice in a match.
“We knew this one was going to be tough,” said DuBois coach Jenna Kirk. “It was close when we were in St. Marys. Sarah (Casey) is really good. She’s been really good for the last three years now. That is always a good one.
“I think everybody played pretty well. I definitely think there was improvement from the last match.”
“We really like coming here,” said St. Marys coach David Lion. “We wish we had more quality teams to play against like this. Our kids put up a good fight. They were the better team today.”
Torretti beat Casey, 6-4, 6-2, back on Aug. 25 in the first meet between the two schools earlier this season, but was much closer this time around.
The two both took a set by a score of 6-3 before Torretti took advantage of a couple late double faults by Casey to win the tiebreaking third set, 10-8.
Lady Dutch No. 2 player Jessie Jordan defeated DuBois’ Alexa Zartman 6-3, 6-3 in the first match of the season, but the two played in the match of the day on Thursday.
Jordan won the first set by the same score of 6-3 before Zartman came back to take a close 7-6 victory in the second set.
Zartman led on many occasions in the third set tiebreaker, but never could put away Jordan as the two battled point for point. Finally, after Zartman hit the ball long at 13-13, Jordan also got Zartman to hit the ball in the net to take the set, 15-13, and the match.
“That was amazing,” said Lion. “That is so good for her because the match earlier in the season didn’t go her way. It’s nice to have that confidence back. She did awesome.”
“Alexa has had a lot of tiebreakers this year, so she’s pretty used to those by now,” said Kirk. “Even though she did lose, she still played really well.”
Strouse and Alexa Alker each got the Lady Beavers a singles victory at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, respectively. Strouse downed the Lady Dutch’s Leah Gabler, 6-2, 6-3, while Alker topped Taylor Klaiber, 6-2, 6-1.
After a close match earlier in the season at No. 1 doubles with Torretti and Zartman, Torretti teamed with Strouse this time and made it a little more wide open as they beat Casey and Gabler, 8-2. Torretti and Zartman only beat Casey and Gabler 9-8 (10-8) back in August.
“We’re kind of playing around with who we want to play for districts,” said Kirk.
The Lady Beavers also fought their way to a win at No. 2 doubles as Sierra Via and Gabby Henrichs trailed 4-1 and 6-2 in the match against Jordan and Klaiber. However, Via and Henrichs battled back to win the next six games after being down 6-2 to win 8-6.
Alaina Heberling and Haley McAnich rounded out the way for DuBois with an 8-2 win over St. Marys’ Kayla Mitchell and Izzy Ehrensberger.
“I’m very proud of everybody,” said Lion. “We have some work to do. I think we’ve been doing all the right things, but sometimes it just doesn’t show in competition.”
DuBois is back in action on Monday as it visits Altoona, while St. Marys hosts Brockway on Tuesday.