NEWPORT–North Country came out swinging early, winning three of their first four matches, but Mount Mansfield's Lady Cougars picked up wins in the final three matches to earn the 4-3 victory in girls tennis on Monday.
"This was a very competitive match," said coach Marie George.
Win number one came off the racquets of Micheala Stanley and Doyen Doa as they took the number two doubles match, coming back from a 3-6 loss in the first set to force the tiebreaker and get the "W."
It was their first time playing together and after the first set they settled down and came through for the team.
“It was a struggle, but we worked together and pulled it off,” said Stanley.
Annie Arcoleo put the Falcons up 2-0 with her 7-6, 6-3 win over Remy Salvas.
Mount Mansfield closed the gap to 2-1 with Braeden Hughes 6-2, 6-2 win over Carlie Diette.
In the number three spot India Bluett played what George describes as "her usual long match" winning the first set easily 6-1.
Her opponent Hailey Garrison was not going to go quietly, rallying back to take the second set 6-4. In the tiebreaker Bluett and Garrison went back and forth, but in the end the Falcon freshman had the edge, winning 10-7, and the lead was back to 2 for North Country.
The competitive sister act of Celia and Julia Dunn tied the match at 3's as Celia in the number one and Julia the number two defeated Kelsey O'Donnell and Rhiannon Rosamillia respectively.
The balance of the match was left in the hands of the number one doubles players.
Moriah Lafoe and Sonya Hinton, who have playing so well as of late for the Falcons, and Lauren Nelson and Karly Fisher of Mount Mansfield.
North Country came up short this day, as the Cougars won the match going away 7-5, 6-2.
The girls will back at Prouty Beach today as it is an all-Orleans County showdown between North Country and Lake Region.
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