The Saline varsity girls’ tennis team accomplished a rare feat Tuesday. For the first time in eight years, Saline beat Huron in an SEC match.
Saline’s doubles teams carried the day, winning all four matches as Saline won 5-3.
Saline’s victory came down to a long, thrilling match between the second flight doubles teams. The match started 30 minutes late because the Pioneer girls had school tests and were delayed. It finished even later because the two teams refused to give in. In the end, Saline juniors Saige Jost and Megan Foley defeated Julie Hang and Rosie Lie, 6-6 (2-7), 6-4 and 6-6 (10-7).
Saline juniors Ally Heider and Zoe Ellsworth defeated Carmen Giger and Katia Kukucka 6-2, 7-5 in the first doubles flight. In doubles three, Freshmen Allie Weina and Sarah Roberts defeated Caroline Bromberg and Jessica Dirl, 6-1 and 7-5.
In the fourth doubles flight, junior Zoe Basta and freshman Nina Ellsworth defeated Phoebe Yi and Brooke Brenner 6-6 (7-3) and 6-1.
In singles, Saline senior Iruru Yoshida lost her first flight match to Katie Sesi, 6-0 and 6-1. In the second flight, Saline junior Madison Caldwell fell 6-2 and 6-1 to Leila Cheling. In the third flight freshman Carly Hiner fell to senior Emma Parkim, 6-1 and 6-3.
Saline’s victory in singles came in the fourth flight, where freshman Jenny Wolf defeated junior Yuki Sugiyama, 6-0 and 6-0.