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Kearney girls’ tennis defeats North Platte
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Kearney girls’ tennis defeats North Platte

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The wind was blowing Tuesday as the Kearney girls’ tennis team defeated North Platte 8-2 in less than ideal tennis weather.

“The wind at the high school I think was a big factor,” North Platte coach Danielle Blake said. “Whether you’re hitting against the wind so you have to adjust or you’re hitting with the wind and it was pushing them out a little bit farther. So a big adjustment for those varsity players over there.”

That wind affected the way both teams played, but Kearney quickly figured it out and got on top in doubles.

Anna Boyd and Liz Young defeated Brianna Plaster and Kinley Stine 8-3, as did Meghan Dahlke and Cecilia Henning over Torie Laubenstein and Sam Bowers. The final duo of Olivia Flood and MaKenna Henning beat Reagan Douglas and Gracie Risse 8-0.

Flood, Boyd and Dahlke shut out Plaster, Stine and Laubenstein, respectively, in singles to give Kearney three more points.

Bowers won a game in her match against Kearney’s McKenna Henning but fell in the end 8-1. The Bearcats completed the sweep when Young bested Douglas 8-2 and Cecilia Henning downed Risse 8-2.

Despite the outcome, the Bulldogs kept things competitive. Each game in Stine’s match against Boyd was close, and the doubles matches stayed tight until Kearney pulled away at the end.

“I think they played really well,” Blake said. “Some of them it was their second match, and so it was really good to see how much they’ve grown throughout practice. So as a team, I think we played really well today.”

Doubles results

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Anna Boyd and Liz Young (Kearney) def. Brianna Plaster and Kinley Stine (North Platte) 8-3

Meghan Dahlke and Cecilia Henning (Kearney) def. Torie Laubenstein and Sam Bowers (North Platte) 8-3

Olivia Flood and MaKenna Henning (Kearney) def. Reagan Douglas and Gracie Risse (North Platte) 8-0

Singles results

Olivia Flood (Kearney) def. Brianna Plaster (North Platte) 8-0

MaKenna Henning (Kearney) def. Sam Bowers (North Platte) 8-1

Anna Boyd (Kearney) def. Kinley Stine (North Platte) 8-0

Meghan Dahlke (Kearney) def. Torie Laubenstein (North Platte) 8-0

Liz Young (Kearney) def. Reagan Douglas (North Platte) 8-2

Cecilia Henning (Kearney) def. Gracie Risse (North Platte) 8-2

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