Bison tennis girls open season with sweep at Lex

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

LEXINGTON, Neb. -- The McCook High School girls tennis team enjoyed a successful start to the 2012 season with two wins Tuesday, March 20.

The Bison girls topped Lexington, 7-2, and blanked Hershey, 9-0, in the double dual meet at the Lexington High School courts.

McCook head coach Matt Wiemers was pleased with his team's effort.

"For the opening matches of the season the team played pretty well," Wiemers said. "We opened play against Lexington and got off to a great start in singles play, winning five of the six matches. I was pleased with our singles play, as we do not practice singles much on a daily basis."

Bison winners in singles matches against Lexington included Brooklynn Trew, Kaylee Samway, Alli Been, Kassidy Gillen and Sara Larington.

McCook won two of three doubles matches against the Minutemaids. Samway and Gillen teamed for a win in No. 1 doubles, while Trew and Been won their match in No. 3 doubles.

Coach Wiemers said his doubles teams played well, but this is an area where his team will need to improve.

"We are playing girls together who have not played with one another much," Wiemers said. "I saw some promising things for the team and was happy with their effort. For the first matches of the year, they will improve and develop."

Bison dominate Hershey

Coach Wiemers said the Bison played much better in Tuesday's second dual against Hershey.

"They really dominated play and took care of business like they needed to," he said. "I liked how the team played with more consistency and confidence. They did a better job of lowering their unforced errors."

Trew, Samway, Been, Gillen, Larington and Anna West won singles matches, as Hershey won just three games total in the six singles matches contested. The McCook doubles teams of Samway and Gillen, West and Larington, plus Trew and Been all earned victories.

The McCook junior varsity won 27 of 39 doubles matches contested Tuesday.

"The junior varsity got a lot of court time today and the much needed experience as well," Wiemers said. "We have some younger talented players who will get better as the season rolls along. Like the varsity, I saw some very promising things for the team."

The McCook girls break in the home courts Thursday, March 22, with a double dual against Hershey starting at 2 p.m., followed by North Platte at 4 p.m. Matches will be contested on the Bison Courts behind the Senior High School building and next to the Ed Thomas YMCA, and at the Elks Courts located one block east of the Senior High School.

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