The Willard girls tennis coach said his Crimson Flashes team had circled Wednesday’s match with Edison quickly.
The focus and attention by Willard led to a 3-1 win on Wednesday in Sandusky Bay Conference Bay division action. The Crimson Flashes improved to 13-1 overall and 8-0 in the SBC with the win, while Edison fell to 8-3, 6-2.
"This is a match we had circled all year and we knew it would be a battle," Bauerle said. "We knew we had a shot at both doubles matches, so we knew it would come down to winning a singles match."
Bauerle was correct in that his Flashes had a shot in doubles, but the singles win by Carlee Gibson at second singles was huge. She downed Emily Vogus, 7-6 (3), 6-1.
"Carlee went in there and was down 3-5 in the first set and battled back," Bauerle said. "She has done that all year for us. She battles back, and we call her a warrior. She just finds a way. She did not have her strokes, but it is awesome to see her get a win."
At first doubles, the duo of Kennedy Daub and Jo Brubaker faced little resistance, taking out Lexi Weyer and Kaylee Ries, 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Willard's Tori Barnett and Whitney Robinson defeated Madisyn Fredrick and Kassidy Burdue, 6-0, 6-1.
"Two years ago, we played a ton of freshmen and went 3-16, and now they are juniors," Bauerle said. "These girls have not had that big match where the conference championship is at stake. They came in and played unbelievable. Not only does it give us some distance in the conference, it is a confidence booster."
The first singles match between Edison’s Mariah Medina and Willard’s Emma Moll was in the third set when the rains came and stopped play. Medina took the first set, 6-1, Moll the second set, 6-4, and the third set was 1-1 when stopped.
"Emma played an awesome match. That is just good tennis," Bauerle said. "They were both unbeaten in the SBC going into this and it was neck and neck. It will be interesting to see what happens at the SBC tournament between these two."
Edison's lone win came at third singles where Jayla Medina was victorious over Addy Paxton, 6-4, 6-4.
With Wednesday’s win, Willard is up two matches in the standings on both Oak Harbor and Edison with five SBC matches remaining.
“We end the year with Oak Harbor and Edison, so things can still be interesting if we don't take care of business,” Bauerle said.