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Williston High School’s Shelby Meyer turned in a dominating performance, winning 6-1, 6-2 over Elizabeth Bichler on Thursday, May 16.

Make it two straight wins for the Williston Coyotes girls tennis team.

Competing in their third match in four days, the Coyotes (8-8) took to Davidson Park Tennis Courts in Williston for a showdown with the Bismarck St. Mary’s Saints on Thursday, May 16.

It turned out to be a very close and highly competitive matchup with Williston narrowly getting the better of St. Mary’s, 5-4.

Coyotes No. 1 singles player Chesni Strand, and No. 5 player Shelby Meyer both won their matches in straight sets relatively easily. Meanwhile, Williston’s No. 4 and No. 6 singles players, Rachel Anfinson and Maggie Borseth, were defeated in straight sets.

In the No. 2 singles position, junior Ellie Schmit of Williston took complete control early on in her match with Anna Braun, winning the first set 6-0. However, Braun came charging back with a 7-5 second set win to send the contest into a deciding third set.

From there, Schmit wrestled back control and concluded matters with a 6-1 victory in the game’s final set. Williston’s Evelina Tyan was also involved in a grueling three set match in the No. 3 position, but could not overcome Maria Fleck, 6-1, 2-6, 4-6.

In doubles play, the Coyote duo of Strand and Meyer came up with a 6-0, 6-2 victory in the No. 1 slot, and Williston’s No. 2 team of Schmit and Anfinson overcame a slow start to eventually defeat Kennedy Black and Jenna Steigelmeier 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Afterwards, Coyotes tennis coach Tami Hunter gave her perspective on just how closely matched both team were. “It was tied up at 3-3 after singles play, and our No. 2 doubles team clinched the victory with a three set comeback win,” Hunter told the Williston Herald. “I am so proud of these girls and their fighting spirit.”

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