Girls’ tennis falls to Grand Haven in rain-dampened ‘Battle for the Bayou’

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Senior no. 1 singles player Erin Henderson returns a shot against Grand Haven in the Battle for the Bayou. The final match was postponed by rain.

Senior no. 1 singles player Erin Henderson returns a shot against Grand Haven in the Battle for the Bayou. The final match was postponed by rain.

Senior no. 1 singles player Erin Henderson returns a shot against Grand Haven in the Battle for the Bayou. The final match was postponed by rain.

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The Spring Lake varsity girls’ tennis squad left it all on the court on Thursday, April 27, when they squared off against Division 1 and cross-town rival Grand Haven in a meet known in these parts as “The Battle for the Bayou.”

The swirling wind, cold temperatures, and eventually, rain, made playing conditions nearly impossible for the players. Still, all but the final match at no. 1 singles between Spring Lake’s Erin Henderson and Grand Haven’s Julia Bachman were able to finish on Thursday.

The Buccaneers came out on top, defeating the Spring Lake girls 7-1 by the time all was said and done. The lopsided result did not deter Laker head coach Mrs. Cathy Layson, however, who was pleased to scratch out even one win against the powerful Grand Haven team.

In no. 1 singles, Erin Henderson finally succumbed to Bachman, her longtime rival and friend, 7-5, 6-1. The match had to be postponed and finished on Friday when the skies opened with Bachman ahead 4-1.

At no. 2 singles, senior Francie Bailey lost to Kelsey Lanskey, 6-3, 6-3, and Carina Schubert fought hard against Alyssa Yeager before dropping her match 6-3, 6-3. The singles flights were rounded out by lone bright spot on the day, when no. 4 Jensen Hussey defeated Felicity Alder, 7-6, 6-4, in the most hotly-contested match of the day.

The Laker doubles teams also fought hard, but were unable to defeat the Bucs at any flight. No. 1 doubles team of Kenzie Regualos and Anna Kramer took the first set from their opponents, 6-4, but dropped the second set 6-4, setting up a grueling tie-breaker, which Grand Haven eventually won.

At no. 2 doubles, Annie Brechting and Taylor Hoffman fought hard before falling 6-4, 6-4. The no. 3 pair of Sydney Prescott and Hannah Cabala lost 6-2, 6-2, while the no. 4 team of Jo Ruter and Rachel Oostindie dropped their match 6-1, 6-2.

By the time Mother Nature arrived to cut short the meet, Grand Haven had already secured the victory, winning 7 of the 8 matches. Spring Lake will be in action on Tuesday, May 9, when they travel to Fruitport for a non-conference rivalry showdown with the Trojans. A final tune-up against GRCC will take place before Spring Lake hosts the Conference Finals on May 13.

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