It wasn't the most auspicious of regular-season openers Friday for the Marathon High School tennis team.
The Dolphin girls were missing one starter that was out of town, while several others were battling injury and illness in a 2-5 loss to Archimedean Academy. The Marathon boys did not play because Archimedean fields only a girls team.
With No. 5 singles player Abby Franck missing, Marathon turned to newcomer Andie Devitt to fill in. Coach Chris Bull said she performed admirably.
"We had a girl that had literally started playing two weeks ago playing No. 5. She was leading 5-4 and finally got broken and ended up losing. But for her first time out there, she had pretty good presence," he said.
No. 3 Regan Durkin and No. 4 Ariana Patterson were the lone victors on Friday, winning 8-2 and 8-4, respectively.
Bull said Patterson started her match tentatively because she's recovering from a sprained wrist. She fell behind 1-4 early on before winning the next seven games to earn the win.
"She had family in town and had the biggest cheering section. She is a born performer and didn't want to disappoint her fans," Bull said.
Durkin earned a bit of revenge on the Archimedean player that beat her during last year's district tournament. "The games were long, many going to deuce, but Regan played some gutsy points and was determined to win," Bull said.
No. 1 Jackie Clairmont (3-8), Savannah Schuhmacher (5-8) and Devitt (6-8) lost their singles matches. Clairmont and Schuhmacher fell in No. 1 doubles (5-8), while Durkin and Patterson lost the No. 2 match (2-8).
"I saw some good things and definitely saw what we need to work on. It was a good day overall and this will help us as we get into the season," Bull said.