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Chieftain netters continue turnaround

Despite being just over two weeks into the season, Bellefontaine’s girls tennis team has already matched its win total from last year after beating visiting Tecumseh 3-2 on Monday in Central Buckeye Conference play.

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Bellefontaine’s Kiersten Daum hits a backhand during her second singles match against Tecumseh on Monday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The Chiefs continue to show a great deal of progress from last year, when they won just three matches.

Bellefontaine is now 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the CBC.

“The girls did a nice job,” said Bellefontaine head coach Jim Stein. “We are still missing Hannah Vance from our lineup because of an injury, but the girls have made nice progress.”

Bellefontaine swept the doubles matches against the Arrows. Hannah Weimer and Michelle Frantz prevailed 6-1, 6-2 over Tecumseh’s Kylee Feltner and Libby Focand 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles and the Chiefs’ Kylee Jenkins and Ashley Enderle won 6-1, 6-2 over Lorin Boswell and Victoria Holbrook at second doubles.

Enderle was moved up from the junior varsity last week after Vance was injured.

“Ashley is coming along nicely,” said Stein. “She has really improved.”

Bellefontaine also won at third singles, where Madeline Houser ousted Erica Johnson 7-6, 6-2.

Tecumseh sophomore star Taylor Culbertson defeated Kenzie Collinsworth 6-0, 6-0 at first singles, while the Arrows’ Kaytlyn Boswell won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 over Kiersten Daum at second singles.

Bellefontaine is back in action Thursday at Urbana.

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