COVINGTON - Newton freshman Holly Springer and Eastside junior Jake Rienstra withstood the pressure to give their tennis teams 3-2 victories in cold, blustery conditions Tuesday.
The win by Springer gave the Newton girls their first win over Eastside in four years.
"It feels great because this is Eastside and this is the first time we've beat them since I've been coaching these last four years," Newton girls coach Jackie Mattison said. "Holly brought the team through at No. 3 singles and she's a freshman."
Springer gave the Newton girls the win by beating Alison Miller 8-5.
Newton won the first match at No. 1 doubles as Stephanie Cronan and Courtney Reagan held off Sierra Petree and Hailley Jones in an 8-6 match.
Eastside's Lindy Steele proved that she wanted the win a little more than Newton's Erinn Lewis-Faupel at No. 1. With the match tied at 8-8, Steele won the tiebreaker 7-5 to tie the team score at 1-1.
Newton shut out Eastside 8-0 at No. 2 doubles as Rhiannon Long and Ashley Tindall handled Maryanne Fearnow and Amanda Leon to give the Lady Rams a 2-1 lead.
But once again, Eastside tied the match when Qeiarra Johnson beat Ashley Gunter 8-3 at No. 2 singles.
Fifteen minutes after Johnson tied the match, Springer walked off her court with the win.
"This year we have to concentrate on finishing. We're moving along well, but I want to move it a little bit better," Mattison said. "We're going to work on
finishing and having the mindset to win."
In a close boys' match, Reinstra made the adjustments to playing with and against the wind to beat Bryant Miller 9-7, giving the Eagles the victory.
"We need to find a way to adjust to the conditions and not let the wind affect you. Both teams were playing in the same situation, so you really just have to rise above it," Eastside boys coach Vance Owens said. "We also have to learn to make adjustments to the ball, maybe work on our footwork. But overall, I've got to be really, really pleased with what they did."
The Eastside boys won both doubles matches to get the win.
Newton took the early lead with an 8-1 Tyler Gose win over Jake Bray in singles. Eastside tied the match when Tate Le'Clair and Luke Gilbert beat Adam Page and Ayite Baxter 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.
Newton regained the lead with an 8-0 Mark DeAlva win over Sam Beckworth at No. 2 singles only to have Eastside's Andrew Marks and Josh Miller tie the match again with an 8-2 win over Donnovan White and Gregg Woods at No. 2 doubles.
"It feels great to win, especially for the kids," Owens said. "They worked hard and it came down to the last match."
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