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Clyde edges Norwalk for commanding SBC lead

By JOSH MORGRET • Updated Sep 12, 2017 at 9:09 PM

CLYDE — It was another tight one.

Similar to the Aug. 30 meeting in Norwalk, it was Clyde coming through with a 4-1 win over the visiting Truckers in a key Sandusky Bay Conference Lake division match at Clyde High School.

One of those tight matches was at third singles, where Alayna Barrera topped Gabby Horowitz, 7-6 (5), 6-2, giving the Fliers its third win in singles competition to seal the match.

Barrera slugged away with Horowitz before getting the best of Horowitz in the second set.

"She is very good and it was a tough match," Barrera said. "I played pretty rough, but I had my teammates cheering me on. I played the second set better than the first set."

Heidi Marshall topped Norwalk’s Megan Berry, 6-2, 6-0, at first singles.

"Heidi is the difference between us being in first place in the SBC and being in third or fourth place," Clyde coach Jeff MacFarland said. "Heidi is an athlete. She has developed and improved greatly from match to match. The first set was more of what Heidi has been playing."

The other singles win for the Fliers (10-1 overall, 8-0 SBC) came at third singles. Jil Eisenblatter, a foreign exchange student from Germany, made quick work of Lizzie Ratliff from Norwalk (9-4, 6-2). Eisenblatter won, 6-1, 6-2.

"It is a tremendous win," MacFarland said. "We knew Norwalk is the top team from the (former) Northern Ohio League coming in. We knew it was going to be a big match. We can not take anybody else lightly. Fortunately, we are through the two big ones with Perkins and Norwalk in our rear view. We have to take care of business."

At second doubles, Paige Brown and Siera Hisey out-lasted Sela Berry and Mara Berry, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in nearly three hours.

"We knew it was going to be a close one with Clyde," Norwalk coach Chris Higgins said. "It was the NOL champ and SBC champ playing. I think it was a good match. A couple sets did not go our way, but I was happy with how we played."

Norwalk's lone win came in a close match at first doubles. It was the team of Macy Miller and Jordan Gran that topped Akane Arituska and Lakotah Cagle, 7-6 (7), 7-5.

"There was two close sets and I thought we did a nice job of closing out the sets," Higgins said. "I think the matches were close enough that we would have needed some luck to win. We gave it a try."

The Truckers are a young team that is on the right path.

"There is always room for improvement throughout the season," Higgins said. "We want to finish off the season the right way. It was good battle out there today. We had quite a few competitive sets, including two tiebreak sets.”

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