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Tiebreaker goes to Overtime

Comet Lauren Connell falls short of first Charles City varsity match victory of the season

Tiebreaker goes to Overtime
Press photo by John Burbridge
Charles City junior Lauren Connell returns a shot during a No. 5 singles match against Waverly-Shell Rock senior Rachel Roose. After losing the first set, Connell bounced back to win the second to force a super tiebreaker that Roose won, 11-9.

By John Burbridge

CHARLES CITY — Lauren Connell was on the cusp of earning the first varsity tennis match victory of the season for Charles City during the Comets’ home meet against Waverly-Shell Rock, Monday at Sportsmen’s Park.

Playing against Go-Hawk senior Rachel Roose in the No. 5 singles match, the Comet left-handed junior lost the first set 6-2 before roaring back to win the second 6-3, forcing a “super tiebreaker”.

There, Connell went up 6-5 in a race to 10. But in a tiebreaker that featured repeated long rallies, Roose managed to rally herself and went up 9-7 — a point away from victory.

But Connell wouldn’t go quietly as she tied the tiebreaker at 9.

Roose won the last two points to finally put away a stubborn Connell.

“That was the first time she’s played in a super tiebreaker,” Charles City head coach Brian Parrott said of Connell. “She played very well.”

The match capped a 9-0 sweep by the Go-Hawks, who improved to 3-1 for the season. Charles City fell to 0-3 and will host Oelwein on Tuesday.

The other scores were Olivia Phillips defeating Jodie Sindlinger 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 singles; Sadie Hansen defeating Amy Boggess 6-1, 6-2 in No. 2 singles; Katie Wichman defeating Kayla Kellogg 6-3, 6-1 in No. 3 singles; Molly Ramker defeating Taylor Walters 6-3, 6-0 in No. 4 singles; Brooke Willis defeating Jacie Wink 6-1, 6-1 in No. 6 singles; Phillips-Hansen defeating Sindlinger-Boggess 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 doubles; Wichman-Ramker defeating Kellogg-Walters 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 doubles; and Roose-Willis defeating Connell-Wink 6-4, 6-1 in No. 3 doubles.

In the junior varsity matches, Charles City won four to Waverly-Shell Rock’s two.