Jackson tennis beats Lady Panthers

By Chris Hoppes - choppes@aimmediamidwest.com

JACKSON — The Miami Trace Lady Panther soccer team took the trip down US 35 to take on Jackson in a Frontier Athletic Conference match.

Jackson won the match, four courts to one.

Sydney Humphreys of Jackson beat Anita Pursell, 6-2, 6-0 at first singles.

At second singles, Kenzie Humphreys defeated Bayley Thompson, 6-2, 6-0.

At third singles, Josie Ball of Jackson won over Cameron Bucher, 6-4, 6-3.

“The (third singles) match was really evenly contested,” Miami Trace head coach Kim Schirtzinger said. “(The match) had many rallies that were well over 10 shots.”

At first doubles, Miami Trace’s Haiven Pepper and Kyleigh Slone took on Lily Houser and Trinity Montgomery and emerged with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

There was a new duo at second doubles on the varsity for Miami Trace with Alex King and Savannah Wisecup playing Caitlin Camp and Leslie Brayg.

It was lengthy battle that finished under the lights.

“The whole match went back and forth,” Schirtzinger said. “They played long after the j-v finished their matches. The first set went to 5-6 and Jackson pulled out the last game to take the win.

“In the second set, we were up, 4-1 and Jackson came back and took a 5-4 lead,” Schirtzinger said. The set finally went to a tiebreaker, which was won by Jackson, 7-4.

“It was a great match, and a late night,” Schirtzinger said. “We will see them at home on the 24th. Hopefully we can take them then.”

Miami Trace will play at East Clinton Tuesday and then travel to Chillicothe on Thursday. Matches start at 4:30 p.m.

By Chris Hoppes