Knoxville showed plenty of fight, but it wasn’t enough to come away with a victory, as the Pella High girls tennis team defeated the Panthers 7-4 Thursday night in Pella. The Panthers were stronger at the top of their line-up, with Emily Lee squeaking past Jessie Ryals at No. 1 singles, then teaming up with Kassie Griggs to win in straight sets at No. 1 doubles.
Despite the Panthers’ efforts, the Lady Dutch were a little deeper in the middle of the line-up, earning four wins in singles play and adding three more wins at Nos. 2, 4 and 5 doubles. Both squads now gear up for the Little Hawkeye Conference meet, which will be hosted by Pella High on Monday.
Jessie Ryals vs Emily Lee 6-9 (9-7) 0-6
Morgan Ernst vs Kassie Griggs 7-5, 4-6, 10-7
Zoe Vermeer vs Paige Spowart 6-1, 6-1
Tiffany Carter vs Jenn Adrian 7-5, 6-3
Anna VanRoekel vs Shamene Norman 2-6, 4-6
Joella Gerber vs Taylor Carter 6-3, 7-6 (0)
Ryals and Ernst vs Lee and Griggs 2-6, 4-6
Vermeer and Carter vs Adrian and Hannah Cunningham 6-0, 6-2
Julia Stuckey and Gerber vs Spowart and Carter 2-6, 3-6
Sami Wassenaar and VanRoekel vs Norman and Emily Blakenship 7-6 (3), 6-0
Kaitlyn Van Weelden and Emily Vander Werff vs Madison Chrisman and Sierra Kendall 2-6, 6-4, 10-7