Comets net 5th match victory with win over Wolverines
By John Burbridge
CHARLES CITY — Having already won two singles matches and two doubles matches, the Charles City Comets girls tennis team needed to win one of the three remaining singles matches to claim overall victory over Dike-New Hartford during Thursday’s rather chilled match at Sportsmen’s Park.
The Comet who was able to clinch it was senior No. 1 Jodie Sindlinger.
Playing a pro set match up to 8 against Wolverine senior Emily Church, Sindlinger took a 7-4 lead. But several double faults enabled Church to break Sindlinger’s serve before saving her own in the next game to pull within 1 (7-6).
Sindlinger won the final game to seal the team victory.
To close the meet, Comet No. 2 singles player Amy Boggess defeated Sydney Latwesen 8-4 for the 6-3 Charles City victory.
Earlier, Sindlinger and Boggess defeated Church and Latwesen 9-7 in No. 1 doubles.
Other victories for Charles City included Lauren Connell defeating Victoria Fernandez 8-6 in No. 4 singles after Connell was moved up from No. 5 to fill the void left by Taylor Walters, who was unable to compete due to an illness; Jacie Wink besting Allison Fobrian 8-5 in No. 5 singles; and Connell and Wink defeating Fernandez and Mills 8-3 in No. 3 doubles.
For the Comets, it was their fifth match win of the season. According to Charles City head coach Brian Parrott, that’s the most wins for the program for at least the past three seasons.
Charles City has two more regular-season matches on the schedule — both make-ups. On Friday the Comets will host Osage; on Monday (May 13), the Comets will host Clear Lake.
The Saturday in between, the Comets will take on the winner of Waverly-Shell Rock vs. Clear Lake in the second round of the Class 1A regionals at 11 a.m.
Charles City was scheduled to take on Hampton-Dumont earlier on Saturday in the first round of the regionals, but H-D pulled out of the tournament and forfeited.
Charles City’s junior varsity tennis team was victorious against the Wolverines — the Comet jayvees are undefeated this season.