Princeton junior Mary Claire Mayerchak went 0-2 in her Class AA Singles matches last Thursday at the U of M Baseline Center, bringing the Tiger girls tennis season to a close.
Early on Oct. 24 in the round of 16, Mayerchak went up against Apple Valley junior Malina Wijesinghe, and the Eagle handed the Tiger her first loss of the season in a 6-1, 6-3 match.
Mayerchak began the match hitting long in the first game, then Wijesinghe held for a win after duece was reached on Mayerchak’s serve in game two. Wijesinghe went on to a 4-0 lead in the first set before Mayerchak broke her serve with a good overhead winner followed by a winner at the net.
Mayerchak’s first service game in the second set also went to duece before Wijesinghe took the two final points. The two went on to break each other’s serve the first five games, then Wijesinghe held in the next for a 4-2 lead. Mayerchak’s last win came in game eight by hitting two winners after the foes played to duece again.
• In the consolation brackets that afternoon, Mayerchak was defeated 6-4, 6-3 by Alexandra Kopiecki of Mounds View who went on to finish as consolation runner-up. In the Class AA Singles finals on Friday, No. 2 seed junior Caitlyn Merzbacher, who defeated Wijesinghe in the quarters, rallied on top-seed Summer Brills of Mounds View 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 for the championship.
Mayerchak finished her impressive 2013 season with a 34-2 overall mark.
• Mary Claire’s older brother, Isaiah Mayerchak, is a freshman on the Luther College (Iowa) men’s tennis team. He teamed with James Ayer to place second in doubles in the Iowa Conference Individual Tournament in September.