EMMA — The Fairfield Falcons were perfect during the NECC high school girls tennis regular season and almost perfect in the conference tournament that started out at Lakeland on Saturday before finishing at Westview.
The Falcons took the titles at four of the five spots on the way to placing first in the team standings with 60 points.
“Finishing first at four places feel good,” Fairfield coach Mike Filbrun said. “Both of our doubles teams defeated teams they had lost to during the season and that is a sign we are still improving. We are going to need to keep improving as we head into the state tournament.:
Angola and Westview shared second place with 46 points followed by Fremont 38, Central; Noble 17, Lakeland 16, Churubusco 15, West Noble 8 and Prairie Heights 4.
The tournament started out on Saturday morning at Lakeland. Rain showers and hail stopped played about 12:40 p.m. After a delay it was decided to move to Westview where it had not rained. But before they could get the matches restarted it rained at Westview. The courts had to be dried out and play finally resumed around 2:30 p.m.
“Changing locations tested the girls focus,” Filbrun said. “The waiting is the hardest part. Once we got going again our No. 1 doubles team (senior Leah Wimmer and junior Brooke Hochstedler) and No. 3 singles player (sophomore Margie Stutzman) were very focused. Not that the rest of the players weren’t. It’s just they stood out.”
Sophomore Emily Mast said, “This was a spring day that could not make up its mind. We had wind, rain, hail and then sunshine.
“It takes a lot of focus to have to move locations. We got a lot of time to warm-up so that was not too bad.”
Wimmer added, “It was too cold. I’m always really cold and I don’t like warming up. I had to warm up seven times today.”