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Bellefontaine netters grab first victory of the season

Bellefontaine’s girls tennis team claimed its first win of the season Monday by taking a 3-2 decision over visiting Jonathan Alder in non-league play.

The Chiefs are now 1-3 on the season.

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Bellefontaine’s Kiersten Daum reaches to hit a return during her first singles match against Jonathan Alder on Monday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

Bellefontaine won despite having to again forfeit the second doubles match.

“The girls have been working very hard and I am happy to see their hard work pay off in the form of a win tonight,” said BHS coach James Howell.

Bellefontaine swept the three singles matches.

The Chiefs’ Kiersten Daum defeated Kaitlyn Flaherty 6-4, 6-2 at first singles, Kenzie Collinsworth won 6-2, 7-5 over the Pioneers’ Miranda Varabiner at second singles and the Chiefs’ Hannah Weimer prevailed 6-1, 6-2 over Chelsi Mason at third singles.

“Kenzie showed great poise in her second singles match,” said Howell. “She found herself down 4-5 in the second set and was able to win three consecutive games to win her match.”

The Pioneers took the first doubles match as Rebecca Caldwell and Lindsey Alexander won 7-6, 6-3 over Hannah Vance and Traysa Downing.

Bellefontaine is back in action today at home against Northwestern.

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