Girls varsity tennis drops its second consecutive match with a 6-2 loss to Grand Rapids Christian


Playing in its second conference dual this season, the girls varsity tennis team hosted Grand Rapids Christian in a marquee matchup. With both teams possessing the ambition for a June appearance in the state tournament, this matchup proved to have high stakes. Although FHC stayed close in several matches, the efforts of junior Libby Moog along with the doubles team of sophomore Ella Hunnewell and freshmen Lucy Wu were not enough to topple the Eagles. The 6-2 defeat marked the Rangers’ second consecutive loss.

With the OK White conference realignment in 2020, FHC must turn to a schedule of enhanced competition in opposition to previous years. The entrance of Byron Center, East Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids Christian has handed the Lady Rangers a considerably tough list of opponents.

Showcasing its power, the Eagles won the first six matches of the day. Despite having major success so far this season, freshmen Lily Ohlman and senior Emily Johnson could not escape with a win in singles. For reference, the combination of Lily, Emily, and Libby for FHC’s singles teams has led the team to its current ranking. 

In the final two matches of the day, the Rangers finally got on the board. A clutch, three-set performance by junior Libby Moog paved the way for FHC’s first victory of the match. Shortly after, the scorching-hot doubles team consisting of Ella Hunnewell and Lucy Wu brought the Rangers their second and final win on the day. 

Finishing with a resounding 6-2 loss, the girls must dust themselves off in a quick manner. With a schedule that does not ease up, FHC’s response to the recent losses will dictate the team’s morale and success going forward.

“We are learning how to win the close matches, which takes time. The girls and I will keep pushing, and we will soon be able to win those close matches,” head coach Dan Bolhouse said. “I love this team, and we have a high ceiling for success for the rest of the season.”

The impending matchup of Thursday has the same, if not higher, stakes in terms of conference bragging rights. The Rangers play host to East Grand Rapids on Thursday, April 29, at 4:15 PM.