Minot High School girls tennis coach Scott DeLorme witnessed some of his team's best doubles play of the season Tuesday.
Unfortunately for the Majettes, their singles players were shut out in a 7-2 loss to Bismarck Century at Cameron Indoor Tennis Center.
The Majettes (2-3 overall, 2-1 West Region) set the tone early. MHS' No. 2 doubles duo of senior Megan Sherven and seventh-grader Jenna Coggins made quick work of Century's Alyssa Wolf and Rachael Elhardt, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. DeLorme called the duo's performance their "best match of the year."
The No. 1 doubles match proved to be the most competitive of the three. MHS juniors Ban Dodin and Katie Wilson dropped the first set 6-2 before rallying back to win the match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, over Century's Courtney Brackin and Paige Fettig. Dodin and Wilson were able to jump out to early leads in both the second and third sets, giving them added confidence.
"The difference was staying sharp mentally because we were down at some points, but we were able to get through it and come back and win the match," Wilson said.
The Majettes' doubles teams gave them a 2-1 edge heading into singles play, but that slim advantage quickly turned into a large deficit. MHS dropped all six singles matches - four in straight sets.
"Usually when you win two doubles matches, it kind of favors you because you have that lead right away," DeLorme said. "But today was just the opposite."
The Majettes were unable to come through with big points when they needed them the most. MHS junior Kendra Collins fought back to force a second-set tiebreak at No. 5 singles, but fell 6-0, 7-6 (5).
"We lose the big points and some of that is probably lack of experience," DeLorme said. "The bottom of our lineup is pretty young. That's going to come with time."
Wilson was also on the wrong side of a tiebreak. Wilson appeared to be in control, leading 6-3. But Fettig won the next three points to even the first-set tiebreaker, beginning a series of winning exchanges. In the end, Fettig won the tiebreaker 13-11 and cruised in the second set for a 7-6, 6-3 victory.
"I thought we'd compete a little better than we did," DeLorme said. "We lost some close matches and a few of our girls got blown out for lack of effort. Century played awfully well. You have to give them credit for that."
Minot's top two singles players - Dodin and Sherven - each forced decisive third sets after trailing in their respective matches, but neither completed the comeback.
The Majettes play at Bismarck St. Mary's on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.