Kingman High School girls tennis drops tough match

KINGMAN - The Kingman girls tennis team fell to 3-7 Thursday after dropping a 5-4 match to Willow Canyon in Surprise.

"It was a pretty upsetting loss for us since we beat them last time we played," KHS coach Traci Rosenbach said. "Willow's team is very similar to ours so it really came down to who played better on that given day and they did. We were very flat (Thursday)."

Natalie Casson improved to 7-3 with a 6-3, 6-2 win. Gabby Huffer also earned a singles win, 6-3, 6-3. Taylor Wood rebounded after a disappointing singles loss, 6-4, 1-6, 10-8, to team up with doubles partner Kendra Wilson for an 8-4 win.

"Taylor Wood played one of the best matches I have seen all season," said Rosenbach of the senior. "Although she lost in the first set, she kept plugging away, causing her opponent to make unforced errors. She and Kendra Wilson turned around with an impressive win at No. 2 doubles. I was very proud of the girls."

Wilson lost her singles match, 6-4, 6-4. In other scores from Thursday, Jill Collins (7-5, 6-4) and Ella Hurlburt (6-4, 6-2) lost their singles matches. In doubles, Casson-Huffer improved to 7-3 with a 8-3 win while Collins and Hurlburt fell to 3-2 after an 8-5 loss. KHS hosts Phoenix O'Connor at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.