Polk’s Jamie Greene strikes back against Thomas Jefferson. (photo by Elizabeth Trautman)

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Lady Wolverine tennis team takes hit from Thomas Jefferson

Published 11:32am Friday, September 28, 2012

by Elizabeth Trautman
Last week the Lady Wolverines tennis team fell short in its match against Thomas Jefferson. After the team’s strong start this season, the loss came as a disappointment.  The women finished with a close final score of 5-4, winning two of the singles matches and two of the doubles matches.
Polk County’s single winners were the team’s no. 4 player, Ali Halbkat (10-5), and its no. 5 player, Mackenzie McCool (10-0).
Halbkat was consistent and flexible with her shots, determined in her placement of the ball, which kept the ball at its target. Her opponent had a strong forehand, but was weak with her backhand.
McCool was able to cover her area; she was quick on her feet and always ready for the ball. Her ability to see and be where she needed to be for nearly every shot gave her a strong advantage. She was able to make solid, consistent contact with the ball.
Polk County’s no. 1 player, Alivia Livesay, and no. 2 player, Hannah High, pulled off a tough eight to seven win in doubles. The pair played against strong players, especially Thomas Jefferson’s number one player. Livesay carries a solid backhand and is a quick athlete. The two Lady Wolverines both possess smooth follow-through, and although the two lost hard battles in their singles matches, they were able to bring in a victory for the Wolverines together in their doubles match.
McCool and Jenna Garry, Polk’s no. 6 player, had a strong win of eight to two. Both players displayed consistent serves and steady hits. Although their opponents kept them on their feet, the two players were where they needed to be and able to put the ball where they wanted it. The two teammates were overall a stronger pair than Thomas Jefferson’s pair.
Coach Heather Davis said, “It was a tough loss for us as we had several chances in singles and doubles to with this match. Hopefully we will be able to fare better next time out.”
The Lady Wolverines still hold a lead in their conference despite the loss.

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