Bryan's Katie Farrell

Bryan’s Katie Farrell prepares to hit the ball during a tennis match during a Division II Girls Tennis District Tournament Friday, at Bowling Green University. NWS Courtesy Photo

BOWLING GREEN — Bryan senior Katie Farrell had her successful 2018 season come to a close at a Division II district tennis tournament in Bowling Green on Thursday, as she fell to Clyde’s Siera Hisey in the first round.

Despite playing each point close throughout the match, Farrell struggled to break onto the scoreboard as Hisey advanced beyond the first round with a 6-1, 6-0 win.

“Katie played a mirror image of herself today,” Bryan coach Mitchell Owens said. “That can be the hardest type of opponent to play against.”

Owens saw plenty of positives in Farrell’s play, despite the final score.

“She was in almost every game regardless of the score,” Owens said. “She wasn’t really able to finish the job by securing the points, but she was right there the whole day. She really played hard.”

Owens understood the emotions Farrell was going through at the end of the match, but said he tried to remind her of what she accomplished during her career.

“I told her when we were coming off the court that only one player in the state ends their season with a win,” Owens said. “I wanted her to focus on what she accomplished this year and in her career. She stepped up big and played a defining role in our 20-2 season and she worked really hard. After the initial pain of losing, she’ll realize what she accomplished.”

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