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LARRY SULLIVAN/MOORESVILLE TRIBUNE

It was the toughest of times.

It was the easiest of times.

Mooresville High School’s girls tennis team experienced both within a mere two-day span on the I-Meck Conference courts.

The Blue Devils first fought their way back through the doubles portion of play to make matters as interesting as possible before dropping a 5-4 decision to visiting Hough High. A day later and also at home, the Devils breezed their way from start to finish fashioning a 9-0 blitzing past Mallard Creek.

The consecutive-day, homecourt split served to place Mooresville at the 2-1 level against crucial conference competition that continues to carry the most weight in an overall 5-3 slate they now take with them back into action this week.

Against Hough in a marquee bout between teams that each entered unbeaten on the I-Meck trail, the Devils recovered from being limited to two wins among the six singles showdowns to secure favorable verdicts in two of three doubles duels to close to within the match’s final one-point margin.

The duo of, in order of team rank, Julia Abrams and Emily Beyer each conquered their respective foes to collect team points. Abrams was dealt just two game defeats total in her two sets while Beyer was pushed into a second-set points-based tiebreaker before emerging a winner.

During doubles, the pairings comprised of Abrams and Natalie White, and Lillian Davis and partner Paige Fellores posted wins apiece to complete the scoring.

Against Mallard Creek, MHS cruised to wins in each of the singles and tacked on decisive outcomes in all three doubles to complete the shutout.

Mooresville returns to the court when traveling just across town to take on rival Lake Norman Tuesday afternoon in what also accounts for the only scheduled head-to-head meeting on tap between the two teams.

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