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Timber Wolf girls net first win


by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

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ALYSSA MOODIE returns a shot in action against White Mountains on Wednesday, April 16. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
April 21, 2014
ALTON — It wasn't easy, but the Prospect Mountain tennis girls got into the win column for the first time.

The Timber Wolves were slated to travel north to Lancaster to take on White Mountains Regional, but because of the overnight snow in the North Country, the Spartans agreed to make the trip south, traveling with the boys' team for a doubleheader in Alton.

Coach Joe Derrick's girls started first, with the first four matches hitting the courts just after 3:30 p.m.

After the first two singles matches finished, the boys took those courts, so the girls finished up their match on two courts.

The match didn't start terribly well for the Timber Wolves, as Annika Patterson dropped a quick 8-0 decision at number one and was first off the courts.

However, Lauren Breuer at number four came up with an 8-0 win and was second off the courts and teammate Alyssa Moodie followed that up with an 8-0 win at number three, giving the Timber Wolves a 2-1 advantage.

Jordan McElhaney played a back and forth match that eventually went to the Spartans in the number two spot, 8-4, meaning the two teams were tied at two with two more singles matches to go.

The Timber Wolves won both of those singles matches, as Cydney McIntyre got an 8-3 win at number five and Hollie Foster cruised to an 8-0 win at number six, giving the Timber Wolves a 4-2 advantage heading to doubles.

The number one doubles team of Patterson and McElhaney dropped an 8-4 decision after starting the match in a back and forth battle.

Therefore, everything was coming down to the final two doubles matches. Moodie and Breuer, playing in the number two spot, went back and forth with their Spartan opponents before finally coming away with an 8-6 win, clinching the match for the Timber Wolves.

McIntyre and Foster followed just moments later, winning at number three by an 8-2 score to secure the 6-3 win for the Timber Wolves.

Derrick noted that the mental concentration seemed to suffer a bit, particularly in the doubles play, but was looking for his team to refocus over a few days of practice prior to their next game.

The Timber Wolves had one other match scheduled last week, but the April 15 game with Profile was postponed due to rain. It will be made up on Monday, April 28. The Timber Wolves had all of the early part of the week off, with the lone game coming on Friday, April 25, at home against Bow at 4 p.m. After the Profile match, they travel to Sanborn on Wednesday, April 30, for a 4 p.m. contest.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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