Holland tennis takes 2nd in OK Green, Zeeland West’s Martinez wins at No. 1 singles

    Holland's Melania Rocha won at No. 4 singles at the OK Green Conference championship meet.

    The Holland girls tennis team was aiming for a conference championship but fell just three points short of claiming the OK Green Conference title on Friday.

    Amongst fierce competition, Mona Shores won with 49 points, followed by Holland (47), Zeeland West (43), Reeths-Puffer (31), Zeeland East (29) and Union (11).

    Holland’s No. 1. singles Libby LeFebre fought her way to the final match where she faced Zeeland West’s Paola Martinez. Martinez came away with the three-set victory, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

    “We’ve been battling each other for the past two years, Martinez said. “It has been really great competing against her because it’s great to be challenged, and at one point, it becomes mental, and she is very mentally strong, and I admire that of her, but I just wanted it.”

    It was a strong match at No. 1 singles.

    “It’s nerve-wracking going into the finals, LeFebre said. “I went in with the attitude. I can win this; I think everyone has to do that, so losing was definitely a disappointment, but going in, I felt confident. Obviously, it didn’t turn out the way I wanted, but I played the best I could, and I’m proud of my performance, and I’m proud of my team.”

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