Tiebreaker goes to Overtime
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.