Mattoon rallied to win two doubles matches Tuesday night in Effingham.
Annelise Overmyer and Caroline Davis defeated Effingham’s Lydia Krull and Aila Woomer, 6-2, 6-3, and Lily Gregory and Avery Boyer fought back for a three-set victory, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
But it wasn’t enough to overcome four early singles losses to Effingham, which won 5-4.
Overmyer had defeated Eden Wendling at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-2, and Avery Boyer bounced back from a first-set loss to to win her No. 4 singles match, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6.
“Effingham has a veteran team,” Mattoon coach Joey Boyer said. “They only lost one player last year, so they are solid at every position. We are learning how to win right now. They are learning when and when not to be aggressive. We finished this dual strong and we got better tonight.”
In other matches:
Davis lost in a lengthy, tight third-set tiebreaker, 14-12, at No. 1 singles to Krull, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6.
Madison Maples won after a second-set tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, beating Mattoon’s Lily Gregory, 6-4, 7-6.
At No. 5 singles, Gracie Kronlein swept Mattoon’s Reagan Shumway, 6-2, 6-0, as did Kaity Parker in beating Lanie Butler at No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-3.
At No. 3 doubles, Shumway and Butler lost, 6-4, 6-3.