MHS in tennis showdown today

As a tune-up to today’s scheduled 4:30 p.m. tennis showdown against Dover High at Dover City Park, Marietta High defeated Zanesville High 5-0 in an East Central Ohio League match at the Glendale Courts Tuesday.

Christy Heisler (14-1 record), Caitlin Harrison (5-1), and Emma Stubbe (10-6) each won in singles, while the doubles teams of Amanda Ferguson (14-2)/Madison Miller (11-2) and Emily Ketelsen (11-5)/Calaya Rake (5-8) were also victorious. (see Prep?tennis results, Page B2).

Mike Miller is the Tiger assistant coach.

Now, the focus for the Chris Mayer-coached Tiger netters (13-0 overall, 9-0 ECOL) will be on the Tornadoes.

“It’s going to be a tough match,” Mayer said. “They’re going to give us a battle, and we’re going to have to be ready to play. Whoever is the most focused will win.”

Marietta is already assured of a share of the ECOL title, but the Tigers have a couple of other goals in mind. With a win over Dover, MHS can claim the crown outright.

A team victory would also mean an undefeated regular season. Miller coached winning girls (and boys) tennis for several seasons and never accomplished that feat.

MHS has never captured an ECOL tennis championship, but did win the 2009 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League (SEOAL) title under Miller’s tutelage.

Marietta and Dover have met once already this season, way back on Aug. 20 on the Glendale Courts. The Tigers emerged with a hard-fought 3-2 triumph.

In that August match, Katie Kitchen (12-2) swept Sierra Sandy, 6-3, 6-1, in No. 1 singles; Heisler topped Jessica Gao, 6-2, 6-1, in No. 2 singles; and Ketelsen/Stubbe defeated Abbey Keating/Hannah VanSile, 6-3, 6-1, in No. 2 doubles. Rake, Marietta’s No. 3 singles player, lost to Selena Peterson, 6-0, 6-2; and the orange and black’s No. 1 doubles team of Ferguson/Miller did the same to Danni Murtaugh/Cassie Keating, 5-7, 3-1 (retired).

Since that match, Dover’s lineup may have changed a little as Cassie Cochran was teamed up with Murtaugh in No. 1 doubles, and VanSile and Brenna Deneher were matched up in No. 2 doubles in last Thursday’s 5-0 win against Cambridge.

After Dover, Marietta is scheduled to cap regular-season play on the road at Logan, an SEOAL opponent.