The Fenton varsity girls tennis team did something it has rarely done in school history on Monday.
In fact, the Tigers did something that hasn’t happened since Sept. 15, 1995 by any Metro League team. Fenton defeated the Holly Bronchos in a Metro League dual.
The Tigers competed against area rival Holly and captured a 5-3 victory against the Bronchos. Fenton lost to Kearsley 6-2 on Tuesday as well while the Bronchos rebounded to defeat Owosso 5-3.
Holly had an unbeaten streak of 133 matches, going 129-0-4 during that run. The last time Holly lost was a 5-2 verdict to Fenton on that 1995 date. The Bronchos had ties with Fenton in 2012, 2014 and 2105. The Bronchos also tied Clio earlier this season on April 20.
When a streak like that ends, it’s historical, but it also helps programs reflect on their accomplishment at the same time the run ends.
“The streak is an amazing achievement and we are extremly proud of the efforts that hundreds of student-athletes have put forth to continue the legacy,” Holly varsity girls tennis coach Will Sophiea said. “The Holly tennis program has always been more than winning a match. It’s about supporting one another and building trust within a group. This can only be done by putting team goals above personal goals. I am extremely proud of this current group for also continuing that legacy.”
Fenton won three of the four singles flights against the Bronchos, who were down five players. Fenton’s Laney O’Brien defeated Daisy Bair 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Fenton’s Haley O’Brien defeated Annelise Thisse 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Fenton’s Makenna Fisher defeated Stella Fairless 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
The Tigers won two matches in doubles flights. Alyssa Andrews and Josi Cherney won one of them at No. 2 doubles against Paige Weeder and Kaitlyn Allison 1-6, 6-3, 10-8, while the Tigers’ No. 4 team of Mary Borg and Katelyn Burkett defeated Bella Smioth and Avery Lesch 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
Holly had two wins in doubles flights. Their No. 1 team of Emma Tooley and Claire Bednarczyk defeated Peyton Graham and Kiersten Lappa 6-4, 6-2, while the No. 3 doubles team of Reagan Murton and Makena McGee lost to Sana Saab and Ellie Murray 6-0, 6-3.
Against Kearsley, Fisher won at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-2 while Borg and Burkett won at No. 4 doubles 6-0, 6-1. The match was closer than the final score suggested as Fenton lost three three-set matches.
Holly’s doubles flights dominated the Owosso match with all four winning in straight sets. Tooley and Makena McGee (No. 1) won 6-3, 6-1 while Weeder and Thisse (No. 2) won 6-2, 6-2. Braid and Bednarczyk (No. 3) won 6-1, 6-2 while Kaitlyn Allison and Avery Lesch (No. 4) won 6-2, 6-1. The Bronchos needed at least one victory in the singles flights to capture the victory. They got it when Lauren Lesch won at No. 2 singles by a 6-0, 6-0 score.