Bay tennis teams a work in progress

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 07:25 PM.

PANAMA CITY — The renovation of the Bay High tennis team is progressing about as well as Kay Kovaleski could hope.

Forced to replace her entire starting five in boys tennis and another three players on the girls’ team, Kovaleski has watched her two squads perform admirably, overcoming their inexperience and uncooperative weather early this season.

Bay’s girls earned a 3-3 tie against visiting Pensacola High on Wednesday before darkness forced an end to the non-district duel. Bay’s boys fell 6-1 against the Tigers, who play one classification higher than Bay in Class 3A.

The Tornado girls are 2-1-1 overall, the boys 2-2. Both Bay teams are 2-0 in District 1-2A.

“We had a real good win against West Florida Tech, and I was real pleased with that,” Kovaleski said. “We have Rutherford tomorrow in a district match and we’re hoping to win that. Then we’re at Arnold next Tuesday, and that will show where we’re at in the district.”

Chloe Harris and Marley Peters are the two returning starters on the girls team. In singles play Harris defeated Kelsey McCall 6-0, 6-2, and Peters rallied past Sarah McMahon via third-set tiebreaker in a 5-7, 6-3, 10-3 win. Harris and Peters were leading McCall and McMahon 5-3 in the first set in doubles play before darkness caused an end to the match and forced the teams into a 3-3 tie.

“They were ready to assume the No. 1 and No. 2 positions,” Kovaleski said of Harris and Peters, respectively. “I don’t think there was any question at all.”

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