Midland High put up a fiery fight but crosstown rivals Dow High pulled away to sweep the visiting Chemics 8-0 in Saginaw Valley League women’s tennis on Thursday.

Dow coach Garrett Turner said his Chargers were “lucky” to pick up a few narrow wins in various steals.

“The score of this match does not indicate how close it was. We were lucky to get four wins in three sets,” noted Turner. “We lost a set at 2 and 4 singles and 3 doubles. , and they all came back to win the next two (sets). I think some of our girls started a bit shy. We had just played a tough quad the day before, where the conditions were very good for tennis, and, at the start it looked like today we weren’t quite ready to take on Midland and the wind.

“It took some of them a bit of time to get back into a rhythm like the day before,” he added. “The conditions were very tough. Strong wind is always difficult to play.

Savannah Matuszewski won in straight sets for Dow over Dalton DeBoer 6-4, 6-3 in No. 1 singles; Claire Earley out Brooklyn Moore 6-0, 6-0 to No. 3 in singles; Mallory Matthews and Ayesha Middha v Allison Stiffler and Emma Buschlen 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 doubles; and Olivia Cross and Lauren Yao vs. Chloe Nieto and Lauren McGuirk 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 in doubles.

In singles No. 2, Elisa Costeux rallied from a one-set deficit to beat Riley Penwell 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; in singles No. 4, Tessa Wood rallied from a one-set deficit to beat Teresa Wandor 5-7, 7-5, 6-2; in doubles No. 3, Emelia Ingalla and Sofia Gestiada rallied from a one-set deficit to beat Cheryl Fritz and Avery Miller 4-6, 6-0, 6-0; and at double No. 2, Jule Renz and Maggie Nelson outlasted Abby Carroll and Sofia Sanchez 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

“I was proud of how the team kept their composure and continued to work to play smart tennis. Midland played very well and they are a team that have improved a lot,” said Turner: “They’re well trained and had us hitting some good shots to beat them. I’m proud of the effort the team put in today.

“It was a good win, and we could easily have not won 8-0,” he added.