South Hardin falls in frigid tennis battle with Falcons

ELDORA – It didn’t feel like spring in Eldora on Tuesday, but the South Hardin girls tennis team took on Aplington-Parkersburg anyway.

Playing in very chilly and windy conditons, the Tigers lost to the Falcons 6-3 after winning just two singles matches on the night.

“It was very possibly the coldest temperature we have played a meet in during my tenure here,” South Hardin coach Scott Swartz said. “But we got to play.”

Playing is not something that has been done frequently this season. It was just the third meet of the year for the Tigers, who dropped to 1-2 after the loss.

Ellen Swartz stayed undefeated in the No. 1 singles spot after her 8-3 win over Bri Pruisner. The other two wins came from Mikayla Fisher in singles and Fisher and Katie Branch also won their doubles match.

“(Ellen) Swartz did a nice job of figuring out how to play against the cold and her opponent,” Coach Swartz said.

Fisher beat Betsy Cordes 8-3 and then Fisher and Branch won by injury default in their doubles match. The only other match that was competitive for the Tigers came at No. 1 doubles where Ellen Swartz and Hannah Reifschneider lost 9-7.

“Neither team led by more than a point at the cross overs in that last one,” Coach Swartz said. “They were in a battle the whole way. They just couldn’t quite pull it out against a more experienced team from A-P.”

The Tigers next play at home against Union Community at 4 p.m. Thursday.