The Alpena girls tennis team may have lost to Petoskey 8-0 on Tuesday, but coach Charlie Giordano saw positive signs in his team that could lead to better results down the road.
"We've had certain flights do well (in the past). It was a lot closer than the score indicated, with a lot of long volleys and a lot of long points," he said. "Its definitely a lot better than we've played Petoskey in the past."
The match was held at the APlex, due to the cold.
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Alpena High No. 2 doubles player Maren Hines returns a serve in a match against Petoskey on Tuesday.
Players needed to win two out of three sets to win their match. No. 3 doubles Kayla Bullock and Angela Salcata came closest with 6-3 and 6-3 loses.
No. 4 doubles Kaitlyn Schultz and Priya Pokorzynski were also close, with 6-2 and 6-4 loses.
Schultz and Pokorzynski played tightly with their Petoskey opponents. Schultz was adept at covering the back court and returning difficult serves, while Pokorzynski worked hard to return quick shots at the net.
No. 1 doubles Macy Cosbitt and Lindsay Moggie came up short with 6-2 and 6-2 loses while No. 2 doubles Maren Hines and Jordan Sengenberger had 6-2 and 6-1 loses.
Cosbitt and Moggie played their Petoskey opponents tightly throughout their match. Several games in their first set were decided by single serves and several games went to deuce.
Moggie was effective at both back court returns and quick strike net shots. Cosbitt often threw a monkey wrench into Petoskey's plan of attack using net strikes. These strikes caused her opponents to scramble to return the shot, throwing them off their stride.
While the doubles teams were effective at winning games, they couldn't quite pull together a full set win.
The singles teams had less success than the doubles. No. 1 singles Katie Cook fell 6-0, 6-0 as did No. 3 singles Sydney Heise.
No. 2 singles Carlee Giordano fell 6-2 in her first set and 6-0 in the second. No. 4 singles Alivia Bowers lost 6-0 in her first set and the second 6-1.
Although the day may not have turned out the way Giordano had hoped, he remained impressed with the adaptability of his teams.
"We figured out how to adjust to the opponent and it really made it fun to watch," Giordano said. "I'm impressed with all my players. Their game has come a tremendous way since the beginning of the season.
Alpena travels to Cadillac on Thursday.
In spite of their loss on Tuesday, the Wildcats earned a 7-1 win over Bay City All-Saints on Monday.
Cook won in three sets. She won the first 6-1, lost the second 6-4 and won the tie breaking third set 10-6. Giordano won 6-2 in her first set and 7-6 in her second.
Heise lost in two sets, 6-3 and 6-1, but Bowers bounced back from a 6-0 loss in her first set by winning the second 6-3 and the tie breaker 10-6.
The doubles teams also had a strong showing against Bay City. Cosbitt and Moggie won 6-1 and 6-2 while Sengenberger and Hines won 6-1 and 6-0.
Salcata and Bullock won 6-1 and 6-2 while Pokorzynski and Schultz won 6-2, 6-2.
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