Three-set matches prove costly in Tiger netters’ 5-2 loss to Kewaskum

The Ripon High School girls’ tennis team lost to Kewaskum 5-2 Tuesday afternoon, but the dual was closer than the score indicates.

Four of the seven matches went three sets, with the host Indians prevailing in three of them to come away with the victory.

The only three-set match that the Tigers won came at No. 4 singles, where Nicole Schmidt rallied from dropping the first set 2-6 to win the final two 6-4 and 7-5.

“Nicole played outstanding tonight,” Ripon head coach Brent Sanderfoot said Tuesday. “She served really well and even added some ... volley to her game. Nicole never got down on herself and continued to fight.”

While Schmidt was able to prevail in three sets, the same cannot be said for Alyssa Schmuhl at No. 2 singles, the No. 2 doubles team of Alaina Salas and Tamera Holland and the No. 3 tandem of Elle Lewis and Emma Azinger.

All three positions won their first set before dropping the final two. Schmuhl lost 6-2, 2-6, 4-6; Salas and Holland fell 6-4, 4-6, 0-6; and Lewis and Azinger lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-7.

Sanderfoot noted Schmuhl played some “really good tennis, but just didn’t have it in the end, while Lewis and Azinger recorded a pretty good debut as a team.

Read the full story, which includes information on a dual against Kohler, in the Aug. 31, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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