Berthoud tennis tops Mountain View, 4-3

By John Gardner
The Surveyor

Berthoud’s Emily Marty returns a shot to Mountain View’s Rebbeca Hinds at Mountain View High School on March 24. Marty won the match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. John Gardner / The Surveyor

Berthoud’s Emily Marty returns a shot to Mountain View’s
Rebbeca Hinds at Mountain View High School on March 24.
Marty won the match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.
John Gardner / The Surveyor

After a couple of crushing 7-0 losses to Holy Family on March 12 and Windsor on March 19, the Lady Spartans won a tough-fought match against Mountain View on March 24, winning the dual 4-3.

The Spartans won the match in part by victories from both their No. 1 and No. 2 singles, junior Emily Marty and senior Joanna Pyles.

Marty, who stepped up to fill the No. 1 singles position this year, made quick work of Mountain View’s Rebbeca Hinds, winning the match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. Coming off a tough loss against Windsor’s Amanda Ward the previous week, Marty said that she spent the week refocusing on the fundamentals.

“I just worked on a lot of things I was having trouble with,” she said. “I focused on getting those balls in that I missed last week.”

Marty said she struggled with her ground shots against Ward, but she was feeling much better Tuesday.

“I was just really focusing on getting my shots in and it turned out OK,” Marty said.

On the season, Marty is 2-2. She said that it’s been a challenge moving up to No. 1 singles, but a challenge she welcomes.

“I knew it was going to be really tough,” she said. “My goal was to get as many wins as I can; to improve my game. I’m looking forward to the challenge; it’s been tough so far.”

Another victory under her belt as the Spartans prepare to face unbeaten Eaton on March 26, in Eaton.

No. 2 singles, Pyles defeated Kelci Mueller in straight sets as well, winning 7-5, 6-1 and helping secure the victory for the team. For complete results see the boxscore in the scoreboard on this page.

According to Coach Leigh Vitasek, the 2-2 Spartans had a couple of tough matches to begin the season and it doesn’t look to get any easier for a young squad.

“4A tennis is extremely competitive,” Vitasek said. “And we’re an extremely young team.”

The Spartans find themselves at 2-2 overall, 1-2 in league play, going into the heart of the season.