Rock Bridge girl's tennis defeats Branson

Friday, September 9, 2011 | 8:49 p.m. CDT; updated 9:04 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 9, 2011

COLUMBIA — After falling behind 2-1 in doubles matches, the Rock Bridge girls tennis team responded with a 6-0 finish in singles against Branson for its ninth win of the season.

The 2-1 deficit was the Bruins' first this season. Head coach Ben Loeb wanted his team to remain resilient after the doubles defeat.

"I told them what's important now is to have enthusiasm and keep their competitive fight," Loeb said. 

Loeb said he wanted the team to be more aggressive at the net. He told them in the huddle to "hang in there and be smart-aggressive."

The team responded. 

Senior Savannah Everett took her first set 6-1 but fell behind 5-2 in the second. Everett then battled back, forced a tiebreaker and won 7-2. 

"She played with heart, and she hung in there," Loeb said.

Fellow senior Kay Fischer, who lost her doubles match, won her singles match in straight sets.

"I had to put the double match behind me even though I was pretty mad after it," Fischer said. "I needed to be more consistent with my shots because I had too many unforced errors at bad times in the first match."

The Bruins remain undefeated after the 7-2 win over Branson. Rock Bridge beat Edwardsville 7-2 on Friday.

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