Traverse City Central has always been a tough matchup for the Alpena girls tennis team and Tuesday was no different as the Trojans topped the Wildcats 8-0 at the APlex.
But what the Wildcats didn't gain in victory, they gained in experience, especially against a team that is consistently good every year.
They have a good perspective. We've played Cadillac, we've played Petoskey and we've played Traverse City, so they've seen a progression of improvement with every team we've played," Alpena coach Charlie Giordano said. "They recognize the talent, but they're not intimidated by it."
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Alpena’s Jordan Sengenberger prepares to return a serve during a doubles tennis match against Traverse City Central on Tuesday at the APlex.
The Trojans took all but one flight 8-0 as the team plays eight-game pro sets. Alpena's No. 1 doubles team of Macy Cosbitt and Lindsay Moggie lost 8-2.
Tuesday also marked a milestone for Central's Devon Dotterrer, who earned her 100th career win playing at second doubles.
"She's been awesome all along. Her partner Abby (Palisin) has been part of that for three years," Central coach Larry Nykerk said. "We're proud of her and happy."
Giordano praised his team, noting that even though many of Alpena's players are young, they're playing exactly how they're supposed to play and growing with every match.
"It was tough. Traverse City's tough team, they've always been strong and they're well taught," Giordano said. "Our girls fought hard, did what they were supposed to do and made the girls beat them with better shots."
Weather permitting, Alpena will play at Harbor Springs today and at Grayling on Thursday.
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TRAVERSE CITY-Despite a solid team effort, the Alpena girls soccer team lost to Traverse City Central on Tuesday 5-1.
Isabelle O'Neil scored the only goal for the Wildcats (1-6,1-5 Big North), who were playing their fourth game in six days. Morgan Allen assisted on the goal.
Alpena trailed 1-0 at halftime before the Trojans broke the game open.
Jalyna Cisneros led Central with a hat trick and an assist.
"Given that it was our fourth game in six days, we ran out of steam. It was a good effort. We ran a little shorthanded, but I was very proud of our efforts today," Alpena coach Tim Storch said.
Alpena plays at Tawas on Friday.
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