Dunkirk tennis tops C-Lake, 4-1

Submitted Photo Dunkirk’s Bella Surma strikes the ball during Friday’s singles match against Emily Bauer of Chautauqua Lake. Surma won, 6-3, 7-5, as part of a singles sweep, the second this week for the Lady Marauders.

The Dunkirk Lady Marauders girls tennis team won its first home match of the season, 4-1 over Chautauqua Lake, on Friday night at Dunkirk High School.

The win was Dunkirk’s second singles sweep of the week, as Bella Surma, Hannah Saye and Gabi Loeb each won in straight sets. Zoe Loeb and Hannah Sanchez won their doubles match for the Lady Marauders, while Elise Reidesel and Naomi Fisher of Chautauqua Lake defeated Cameron Harper and Tiffany Lynch of Dunkirk for the Lady Thunderbirds’ lone win of the day.

“The game of the night must go to Bella (Surma),” said Dunkirk coach Allie Saye. “Emily (Bauer) was a tough opponent — a hard hitter with a fast serve. Bella really worked her hard the first set, but in the second, Emily had the upper hand and had Bella at 4-0. Suddenly, it was like someone flipped a switch, as Bella started climbing out of that hole and passed her to 5-4. They battled back and forth, but in the end, Bella just had a little more in the tank to secure the win.”

Saye said that her team has “had more downs than ups against some pretty tough teams,” in the area, but she added that “they never gave up, and it’s incredibly satisfying to see all that hard work finally paying off this season. I couldn’t be more proud of the whole team.”