Clearfield tennis team edged by Tyrone, 4-3
Thursday, August 28, 2014
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
HYDE - The Clearfield girls tennis team dropped four of five singles contests on Wednesday afternoon in a 4-3 loss to Tyrone.
All five players that took the court for the Lady Bison came up with a win as Arianne Good had the lone win in singles action, while the teams of Rachel Homan and Maggie Sopic and Taylor Wiser and Sarah Hazel grabbed wins in doubles.
Much of the Lady Bison's troubles came from lack of experience, according to head coach Brian Lytle.
"They were definitely the better team," Lytle said. "They hit the ball really hard and placed the ball really well. That's definitely a new look for us. Rachel and Maggie didn't seem to be intimidated by the speed. They were able to match that pretty well. The only difference was they were hitting the shots that they needed to at the right time.
"The good news is the girls weren't intimidated by the speed. They knew what they wanted to do, but the skills weren't there. The skills will come with time."
Good, who is only in her first season of tennis and playing in her fourth match, defeated Lady Eagle No. 5 player Shannon Gearhart in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-3.
"She's a fantastic pickup as a senior," said Lytle. "The bad news is she is a senior. I'd love to have her for more years other than her senior year. She's been a great find. She played a lot this summer and that was enough to give her a foundation.
"She's a very smart player. She's in a position at No. 5 where if you play smart tennis, you're going to outlast your opponent a lot of the time. Obviously, the skill is there. I'd just love to see where she would be with two or three years of tennis under her belt."
Lady Bison ace Homan and Wiser, the team's No. 3 player, were each shut out in both sets as they fell to Tyrone's Ana Hollen and Marlena Wagner, respectively.
Sopic was tied 3-3 in her first set before Paige Padula won three straight games. Padula also took care of business in the second set with an identical score of 6-3 for the win.
Hazel also fell in singles, as she lost to Tina Hollen, 6-2 and 6-3.
Sopic and Homan avenged the losses against their opponents in doubles action as they jumped out to a 4-1 lead on their way to an 8-4 victory.
Wiser and Hazel, who also team to defeat their singles opponents, were tied at four games apiece before finishing out with wins in the last four games for Clearfield's third and final win.
Clearfield dropped to 1-3 on the season. They visit Brockway this afternoon.
Tyrone 4, Clearfield 3
1. Ana Hollen, T, def. Rachel Homan, C, 6-0, 6-0.
2. Paige Padula, T, def. Maggie Sopic, C, 6-3, 6-3.
3. Marlena Wagner, T, def. Taylor Wiser, C, 6-0, 6-0.
4. Tina Hollen, T, def. Sarah Hazel, C, 6-2, 6-3.
5. Arianne Good, C, def. Shannon Gearhart, T, 6-3, 6-3.
1. Homan/Sopic, C, def. A. Hollen/Padula, T, 8-4.
2. Wiser/Hazel, C, def. Wagner/T. Hollen, T, 8-4.