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CHS Tennis wins four at Millard West

April 10, 2019

Columbus High girls tennis faced its biggest test of the early season on Friday in the Millard West Invitational.

Twenty four teams competed at the invite, and the Discovers won four matches placing 21st.

No. 1 singles player Lauren Benck went 1-2. She lost 8-6 to Sophie Timmins of Bellevue East in her first match before bouncing back to take out Bellevue West’s Gabby Johnson 8-3.

Benck’s day ended with an 8-6 defeat against Claire Bonnett of Omaha Westside.

No. 2 Melanie Jones went .500 on the day going 2-2.

Jones opened with a 9-8 (7-4) defeat to Mia Jarecki of Papillion LaVista, responded with an 8-5 win over Brooke Hosick of Bellevue West then defeated Angela Palmquist of Bellevue East 9-7.

Fremont’s Tawnie Escamilla defeated Jones 9-7 in her last match.

No. 1 doubles team Aspen Luebbe and Emily Miksch went 0-2 losing 8-1 to Grace Johnson and Macy McDonald of Grand Island and 8-6 to Mischa Mountjoy and Lucy O’Brien of Omaha Marian.

No. 2 doubles Brooke Benck and Addi Duranski went 1-2.

“Although we got 21st out of 24 teams today, we continued playing pretty good overall tennis. The girls are really doing a good job of thinking the game during the match,” said head coach Dave Licari in comments sent to the Telegram.

“They have been figuring out a weakness in their opponent and then trying to exploit it. This is a high-level early season tournament with all of the top Class A teams in the state there. Quite a few of the games we lost were games that went to deuce. We have to find a way to win at least 50 percent of those games.”

Jones impressed Licari with her 2-2 performance during the event.

“Melanie played some really good tennis at No. 2 singles,” he said. “Defensively, she kept a lot of tough shots by her opponents in play and was able to win the point. Her tiebreaker loss in her first match was to the No. 6 seed in the tournament.”

Licari said he is now looking ahead to the rest of the season.

“Every position today had their very good moments, we just need to string together more of those,” he said. “I’m looking forward to our home dual on Tuesday with Hastings.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com