Panthers edge Warriors on the court

Pelham High School tennis player Katie Kema, left, returns a volley with doubles' teammate Sidney Garner, right, looking on in a tennis match Feb. 21 at the Pelham Racquet Club. (Reporter Photo /Wesley Hallman)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

PELHAM — The Pelham High School girls’ tennis team opened its season Feb. 21 with a 5-4 victory over rival Thompson at the Pelham Racquet Club.

The Panthers won three of the six singles’ matches and two of the three doubles’ matches against the Warriors.

Sidney Garner of Pelham defeated Laura Harwell and Maria Siow of Thompson 10-6 in the No. 1 singles’ match. Sarah Beth Dolinger of Pelham topped Erin Hutter of Thompson 11-9 in the No. 2 singles’ match.

Whitney Hamner of Pelham defeated Maria Siow of Thompson 10-6 in the No. 5 singles’ match.

Garner and Katie Kema of Pelham defeated Hutter and Siow 11-9 in the No. 1 doubles’ match. Dolinger and Brooke Cole of Pelham topped Anna Conn and Olivia Sorrell of Thompson 10-6 in the No. 3 doubles’ match.

Thompson won three singles’ matches and one doubles’ match against Pelham.

Victoria Killingsworth of Thompson defeated Kema 10-6 in the No. 3 singles’ match. Sorrell topped Cole 10-5 in the No. 4 singles’ match.

Conn defeated Elizabeth Hartzog of Pelham 10-4 in the No. 6 singles’ match. Harwell and Killingsworth defeated Hamner and Hartzog 10-1 in the No. 2 doubles’  match.