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Girls Varsity Tennis · Tennis Girls–Father Ryan drops Lady Wildcats 5-4. District Tournament begins this week

Despite Father Ryan forfeiting the number six singles and three doubles positions, Wilson Central could not overcome a strong Lady Irish squad in a 5-4 loss.

Wilson Central (9-5) fell behind after the first two doubles match with sophomores Jacey Staggs and Savannah Westbrook being upended by Nicole Balmaceda and Tina Lemm 8-6 at the number two spot.

Number one doubles saw a tightly contested match as the senior duo of Jennifer Beckham and Lani Lee held match points at 8-7, but could not convert as the team of Carley Goetz and Reed Sparta forced a tiebreaker. With the score tied at 4-all, Goetz and Sparta broke away by winning the last three points of the tiebreaker for a 9-8(4) win.

DSC_0328Westbrook temporarily tied the match back up as the sophomore held on for an 8-5 win at number three singles overs Sparta, but Goetz quickly gave Father Ryan the lead again as she defeated Staggs 8-1.

Junior Cassie Joslin dropped her match at number four singles by an 8-2 count to Balmaceda, but Wilson Central tied the match back up as Beckham defeated Emily Allen 8-2.

Father Ryan clinched the match at Lemm defeated Lee in a long battle at number two singles with a 9-7 win.

The District 9AAA team tournament begins Thursday as The Lady Wildcats finished third and will play Mt. Juliet, the number two seed. Mt. Juliet defeated Wilson Central 4-3 last month. Top seeded Hendersonville takes on Lebanon in the other semi-final.

Father Ryan girls 5, Wilson Central 4
1. Carley Goetz (F) d. Jacey Staggs (W) 8-1
2. Tina Lemm (F) d. Lani Lee (W) 9-7
3. Savannah Westbrook (W) d. Reed Sparta (F) 8-5
4. Nicole Balmaceda (F) d. Cassie Joslin (W) 8-2
5. Jennifer Beckham (W) d. Emily Allen (F) 8-2
6. Wilson Central wins (forfeit)
1. Goetz/Sparta (F) d. Beckham/Lee (W) 9-8(4)
2. Balmaceda/Lemm (F) d. Staggs/Westbrook (W) 8-6
3. Wilson Central wins (forfeit)