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Bellefontaine netters close season with loss to Knights


Bellefontaine’s girls tennis team lost 4-1 to visiting Greenon in its season finale Thursday.

The Chiefs close out the campaign with a 5-13 overall mark and a 4-12 record in Central Buckeye Conference play.

Bellefontaine improved by two wins this season after winning three matches last year.

“We only had two seniors in the lineup, so we have a nice nucleus of young girls coming back next year,” said Bellefontaine head coach Jim Stein. “The girls gained some valuable experience this year, and hopefully they can build on that for next year.”

Bellefontaine’s lone win Thursday came from the first doubles team of Kenzie Collinsworth and Michelle Frantz. They defeated Kaitlyn Bandell and Kristen Wood 6-4, 6-1.

It was the final high school match for Frantz.

“It was nice to see first doubles end their season with a win,” said Stein.

Bellefontaine senior Madeline Houser also played her final prep match. She was defeated at first singles by Megan Reed 7-5, 6-3.

“Madeline and Michelle have done a nice job for us,” said Stein.

The Knights’ Shelby Marshall defeated Kiersten Daum 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at second singles and Greenon’s Shawn McMahan won 6-1, 6-1 over Hannah Weimer at third singles.

In the second doubles match, Greenon’s Marissa Brown and Kirsten Diviage won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Kylee Jenkins and Ashley Enderle.

In reserve singles action, Bellefontaine’s Brandy Cole won 6-1 and Traysa Downing lost 6-3.

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