So close, but yet so far.
The McDowell Lady Titans tennis team had a chance to snag its first win of the season Wednesday, but lost a heartbreaking 6-1 decision to the North Buncombe Blackhawks in a match that featured four tiebreakers in six singles matches, with four of them going North Buncombe’s way.
Lady Titans head coach Charles Brown said his team is playing steadily better as the season wears on, but needs to get over the proverbial hump when it comes to winning.
“The team has progressed to the point of playing almost even with some of the other teams, and now we must get past that point and start winning,” Brown said.
McDowell won just once Wednesday despite being competitive in nearly every match. Korryn Shedlock beat Christian Corlee 6-3, 6-6 (10-4) at the fifth seed in the only one of four tiebreakers the Lady Titans won.
Top seed Jasmine Smith fell to Sophie Robinson in a tight one, 6-6 (13-11), 6-4.
The other tiebreakers came at the fourth and sixth seeds.
At No. 4, Cailee Henderson edged the Lady Titans’ River Price 6-3, 6-6 (9-7). At No. 6, Willow Dorris clipped Kerri Brooks 6-1, 4-6 (8-10).
North Buncombe’s Ashton Rogers beat Katelyn Helton 6-2, 6-3 at the second seed. Sabrina Sandoval beat Kaila Montague 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3.
Because the singles matches took so much time, there was only time for one doubles match. Dorris and Corle beat McDowell’s Kendell Brooks and Alex Bartlett 10-3.
McDowell is in action again next Tuesday at home against Asheville High (4 p.m. start).