The Lady Bulldogs opened the week by losing 6-3 to a Storm Lake team they defeated 5-4 earlier in the season and Tuesday dropped a Lakes Conference dual to Spencer 9-0. Le Mars played the Tigers just last Thursday on the road and lost 6-3.
The one consolation for the Lady Bulldogs at this point is their next match is with Estherville-Lincoln Central Thursday at home. The Midgets have already swept Le Mars once this season and a single win Thursday would be an improvement over the first match-up.
Tuesday Spencer dominated at the top of the singles lineup, where Hannah Maertens despatched Le Mars' No. 1 Aline Hertkorn 10-3, Emily Wassom beat No. 2 Samantha Rich 10-4 and Beth Druvenga routed No. 3 Amelia Stonesifer 10-3.
Two of the final three matches in singles were at least competitive for the Lady Bulldogs as No. 4 Caitlin Bauerly lost 10-7 to Jennifer Barnett and No. 6 Maggie VanWettering was clipped by Holly McCloud 10-8. Spencer's Mackenzie Kabrick also defeated No. 4 Hana Fischer 10-4 as part of the sweep.
Two of three doubles matches were also close as No. 1 pair Hertkorn and Rich fell to Wassom and Druvenga 10-6 and the No. 3 team of Bauerly and VanWettering lost to Barnett and McCloud 10-7. The No. 2 doubles match was lopsided, however, as Le Mars' Stonesifer and Fischer lost to Maertens and Kabrick 10-3.
The JV match proved to be a battle in contrast to the varsity, with Le Mars falling 5-4 to the visiting Tigers.
Spencer clinched the dual victory in singles posting a 5-1 record, but Le Mars swept the doubles to close the final margin of defeat to a single point.
No. 1 singles Brittany Comstock lost to Abby Hawn 8-0, No. 2 Tonya Schiefen dropper her match with Gracie Toale 8-5 and No. 3 Haley Switalski was beaten 8-6 by Lueta Lovan. Spencer's Abby Bedore also knocked off Le Mars' No. 4 Rachael Ludwig 8-1, while Amanda Edwards handled No. 6 Liz Orris 8-2.
Le Mars' only win in singles play came at the No. 5 slot, where Molly Fischer doubled up Tori Rausch 8-4.
In doubles play, No. 1 pair Comstock and Schiefen topped Hawn and Lovan 8-5 and No. 2 Switalski and Ludwig also won 8-5 over Toale and Bedore. The No. 3 team of Fischer and Orris capped the night with an 8-2 win over Rausch and Edwards, but the Lady Bulldogs dropped to 0-8 on JV with the overall dual loss.
Le Mars (2-6) will now host Estherville-Lincoln Central Thursday before wrapping the Lakes Conference season Monday at Cherokee.