After falling in the squad's first two matches this past week, the Geneseo girls' tennis team bounced back to grab a conference win.
Geneseo vs. Ottawa
The Lady Leafs were able to get back on the winning track Sept. 11 with a narrow 3-2 win over host Ottawa.
"I think with a rough loss to Sterling last week and tough loss to Princeton, the girls bounced back and showed me who they are as a team," said head coach Dan Putman. "We hit a long stretch of not playing matches which got us out of sync. It was great to get back on the right track Tuesday night."
Geneseo swept singles' play with Michelle Legatzke winning the No. 1 match, 6-0 and 7-5 and Kirsten Backes taking No. 2 singles, 7-5 and 6-4.
"Kirsten Backes played a really great match last night," said Putman. "She really struggled Monday and her game wasn't there against Sterling, but last night I really saw her get over it and when she got her game going it was really exciting to watch."
Corbyn Beck/Rori Westerlund nabbed the Lady Leafs other win of the night in No. 3 doubles, 6-1 and 6-2.
In No. 1 doubles, Anna Madigan/Clare Possin suffered a 0-6 and 0-6 loss, while Bailey Conard/Cheyene VanQuakebeke fell, 3-6, 6-7 (3-7).
In freshman/sophomore action, Geneseo was defeated 3-2 by the Pirates.
Winning matches for the Lady Leafs were Grace Madigan/Tarah Fisher, 8-6 and Cassidy Bos/Morgan Miller, 8-1.
Kristin Brown/Jessi Daly fell in their math, 3-8, while Hope Daly lost her No. 2 singles' match, 1-8 an Sommer Gagnon fell 4-8.
Geneseo vs. Princeton
On Sept. 10, the visiting Princeton Tigers defeated Geneseo on its home turf, 4-1.
"Princeton is a solid team up and down the line up, and we were still in the haze of getting back into playing," said Putman. "I saw a lot of the girls' first sets were rough and then they started to get better and get back into match form."
Legatzke was the the lone winner for the Lady Leafs at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 6-0 and 10-4.
"Michelle's first set she wasn't playing her game and that was the same thing against Sterling, but once she got back into playing her style she won the second set 6-0," said Putman.
Backes lost her No. 2 singles' match, 5-7 and 5-7, while Anna Madigan/Possin fell in No. 1 doubles, 1-6 and 0-6.
Conard/VanQuakebeke dropped their match, 6-4, 4-6 and 7-10, followed by Taylor VanKlaveren/Westerlund who fell, 1-6 and 3-6.
The F/S squad slid past the Tigers by a score of 3-2.
Page 2 of 2 - Hope Daly won her No. 2 singles' match, 8-4, while Brown/Jessi Daly won 8-6 and Bos/Miller were victorious, 9-8 (7-5).
Gagnon suffered a 3-8 loss at No. 1 singles, while Grace Madigan/Fisher fell in their No. 1 doubles' match, 4-8.
Geneseo vs. Sterling
The Lady Leafs were shutout on the road Sept. 13 by Sterling, 5-0.
"It is one of those things where we get into a habit of playing matches on Tuesday and Thursday and having those matches keep us in sync, but we had a big layoff," said Putman. "The Sterling match didn't show what we were and it just didn't seem like our team."
In singles' play, Legatzke fell, 1-6 and 2-6, while Backes lost her match, 1-6 and 2-6.
Falling in doubles' action were Anna Madigan/Possin, 1-6 and 2-6; Conard/VanQuakebeke, 1-6 and 5-7; and VanKlaveren/Westerlund, 2-6 and 2-6.
In freshman/sophomore action, Sterling slid past Geneseo, 3-2.
Winning matches were Gagnon, 11-10 (7-5) and Bos/Miller, 10-6.
Those falling short in their matches were: Hope Daly, 6-10; Grace Madigan/Fisher, 4-10; and Brown/Jessi Daly, 8-10.
The Lady Leafs will be in action this weekend in the Galesburg Invite at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15.