NEW ULM - The players on the New Ulm girls' tennis team were fighting off darkness in addition to their opponents during Thursday's match-up against Worthington.
In the end play was halted before the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches could reach a conclusion, with Worthington winning all five matches that were completed.
Eagles senior Laura Albrecht held a 6-3, 2-2 lead against the Trojans' Elizabeth Luke at No. 1 singles when play was suspended. Fellow senior Jennifer Martins was trailing 4-6, 2-0 in a close match-up at No. 2 singles against Worthington's Kirsten Aljets.
At No. 3 singles, Maya Sarkar and Laura Wetering played well into the darkness, with Wetering rallying for a 2-6, 6-2 (10-4) victory after the third set was reduced to a super tiebreaker. New Ulm's Miriam Jakel fell 7-5, 6-3 against Kara Honius at No. 4 singles.
Marissa Johnson and Hannah Jakel began strong for the Eagles at No. 1 doubles, but Worthington's sister duo of Kate and Annie Lesnar rallied for a 0-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory.
New Ulm mixed up its pairings at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, with Emma Vranich and Mattea Sievert falling 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 to Emily Williamson and Rachel Drietz and Taylor Bolduan and Meleah Reinhart suffering a 6-3, 6-2 defeat at No. 3 against Makensie Carstensen and Brianna Kempema.
"I feel like we play well together," Vranich said about playing with Sievert. "The first few games were really close with the scores and there was a lot of deucing going on. A lot of the games were just close and they happened to be on the winning end of them."
Although Vranich is used to playing with Gracelyn Sarkar and Sievert usually pairs with Sicily Trullinger, they didn't feel too hindered playing with an unfamiliar partner.
"Our communication was pretty solid in this match, and we kind of knew where we should put it," Vranich said. "It was just a matter of communicating back and forth throughout the game."
New Ulm will finish its regular season with a tournament at Waseca at 9 a.m. on Saturday.