TENNERTON – The Buckhannon-Upshur Lady Buc tennis team had one of their better outings last Tuesday in a 5-2 setback at home to the Liberty Mountaineers.
They followed that up with a 7-0 loss on the road to University.
Picking up the two wins against Liberty were Madelyn Frye downing Hannah Davis at No. 3 singles (8-2) and Alexa Davis beating Olivia Johnson at No 4 singles (9-7).
“I was happy that Madelyn and Alexa got a few wins for us in singles,” noted Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jason Rock. “Those girls have worked hard and kept having fun throughout the season so I’m happy they got wins. Sammie Shay did a great job subbing in at No. 3 doubles.”
“I think some of our girls have better shot-making ability than Liberty’s girls, but we lost a few matches because of things like positioning and movement,” Rock added. “I tell the ladies on every changeover, every match ‘move your feet’ because it’s definitely a weakness for most of the ladies. Personally, I was a little disappointed because I think our girls should have won as a team, but it was great having competitive matches for every matchup and ultimately, we got a few wins under our belt.”
The Lady Bucs struggled against a powerful Hawk team.
“Our girls had a rough evening… University girls are insanely good,” noted Rock. “A bright spot was the No. 3 doubles’ play. Mya Critchfield and Alexis Davis are both first-year players but they were rallying with their opponents and had some great points. Both are still learning a lot of the ins and outs of tennis, but I think if those two girls stick with it, they both have the potential to be pretty good players.”
The action left the Lady Bucs with a 0-6 mark.
Their contest with Fairmont Senior on Thursday was postponed. They will be back on the courts Monday at John Marshall and will return home Wednesday hosting North Marion.
Liberty 5 Buckhannon-Upshur 2
No. 1 – Kayln McCoy (Lib.) def. Tori Adams (8-2)
No. 2 – Cayleigh Pennington (Lib.) def. Lainey Rowan (8-5)
No. 3 – Madelyn Frye (B-U) def. Hannah Davis (8-2)
No. 4 – Alexa Davis (B-U) def. Olivia Johnson (9-7)
No. 1 – McCoy and Pennington (Lib.) def. Adams and Rowan (9-7)
No. 2 – Davis and Johnson (Lib) def. Frye and Davis (8-6)
No. 3 – Bailey Freeze and Savannah Herrod (Lib.) def. Mya Critchfield and Sammie Shay (8-2)
University 7 Buckhannon-Upshur 0
No. 1 – Lyla Byers (UHS) def. Tori Adams (8-0)
No. 2 – Deah Gharib (UHS) def. Lainey Rowan (8-1)
No. 3 – Emma Rusiecki (UHS) def. Madelyn Frye (8-0)
No. 4 – Sydney Takacs (UHS) def. Alexa Davis (8-0)
No. 1 – Byers and Gharib (UHS) def. Adams and Rowan (8-0)
No. 2 – Rusiecki and Brooklyn Rutledge (UHS) def. Frye and Davis (8-0)
No. 3 – Takacs and Emma Daffner (UHS) def. Mya Critchfield and Alexis Wuchner (8-0)