By John Parent
DHI Media Sports Editor
ST. MARYS — Van Wert picked up wins at first singles and third singles in its match at St. Marys on Thursday evening, but the Lady Roughriders captured wins at second singles and both doubles matches to claim a 3-2 victory.
The loss moves the Lady Cougars to 0-5 this season and 0-3 in the Western Buckeye League.
Despite the record, head coach Chuck Rollins believes his girls are headed in the right direction.
“We played well at every position,” Rollins said. “I feel like the girls are improving each week and even though we are still searching for that first win, I have seen real progress across the board.”

As she has done throughout the year, Ali Moreland made short work of her opponent at first singles. She defeated Anna Ernest 6-0, 6-0.
At second singles, Hannah Felver of St. Marys scored a 6-3, 6-3 win over Cougar senior Hannah Stemen and the Roughriders claimed another straight set win at second doubles, where Jenna Perry and Alyssa Finely topped Jess and Kali Agler 6-2, 6-4.
In order to win the match, Van Wert had to take a pair of 3-setters, but wound up with a split instead. Senior Sydney Felger opened with a 6-4 win in the first set against Bailey Rust before the Roughrider came back with a 6-4 win in the second. The final set was one-sided, however, as Felger rolled to a 6-0 win, securing the second Cougar point.
At second doubles, Cougar juniors Katie Trittschuh and Phoebe Eutsler, a team only recently paired together, dropped a 6-1 first set before coming back with a 6-4 win over Avaree Ellis and Jennifer Lavia. In the decisive third, the team from St. Marys scored a 6-4 win to claim the match.
The win was the first of the campaign for the Roughriders, who move to 1-3 on the year and 1-2 in conference play.