When people talk about chemistry they don't always mean the class where you roast marshmallows on the Bunsen burner or concoct a mixture to slip into the teacher's coffee cup.
When Brainerd head tennis coach Bruce Thompson talked about chemistry Thursday at the Brainerd High School courts, where the Warriors lost 7-0 to Central Lakes Conference opponent St. Cloud Tech, he was talking about the ability of Megan Steiger and Megan Whalen to jell as a team.
Playing as the No. 1 doubles team for only the second time in nearly four weeks the two juniors couldn't find the cohesion that was needed to upset Courtney Hoven and Nicole Lechner of Tech as they lost 6-1, 6-4.
Steiger said doubles is more of a net game than a baseline game but the Megans didn't hit the net as much as they should have.
"We did pretty well but we probably should have gone (to the net) a little bit more than what we did," said Steiger. "They were playing really well and hitting good shots. It made it tough for us to get up there.
"Tech's a really tough team. They'll be seeded No. 1 or 2 in our section. For the effort we put into it I thought we did really well."
The Tigers came into the match with a 13-1 overall record and a 10-0 mark in the conference.
But this was the first loss for the Megans, who earlier won the Camp Lake Hubert tournament doubles title and beat St. Cloud Apollo's No. 1 team Tuesday.
"They were coming into the net more than we were," said Whalen. "They were more aggressive today.
"We haven't lost yet so it's good to be taken back off that cloud and put back into reality so we know what we need to work on."
With the playoffs coming up Thompson wanted Steiger and Whalen to get more time at doubles where they will play in the individual part of the subsection tournament.
For Whalen having a partner helps her mental game.
"Our chemistry is really good," Whalen said. "She keeps me calm and she's better up at the net than I am. I have better ground strokes so as a team we work well together.
"I love playing doubles with (Steiger). For subsections I would rather play doubles because you have a better chance of advancing."
The Warriors' No. 2 doubles team of Katie Watland-Lyndsey Travica had the most exciting match of the day, taking Rebecca Habiger-Kelly Pearson to three sets before losing 7-6, (7-4), 5-7, 6-1.
St. Cloud Tech 7, Brainerd 0
No. 1 -- Kelly Severson (SCT) def. Liz Schulte 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 -- Nicole Nyberg (SCT) def. Heidi Johnson 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 -- Jessica Nyberg (SCT) def. Jackie Fogal 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 -- Beth Pennington (SCT) def. Laura Henzel 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 -- Courtney Hoven-Nicole Lechner (SCT) def. Megan Whalen-Megan Steiger 6-1, 6-4; No. 2 -- Rebecca Habiger-Kelly Pearson (SCT) def. Katie Watland-Lyndsey Travica 7-6 (7-4 tb), 5-7, 6-1; No. 3 -- Michelle Nyberg-Gwen Pennington (SCT) def. Sam Gunning-Erica Nelson 6-0, 6-1
Conference -- B 1-9. Overall -- B 1-9. Next meet -- Brainerd at Sartell 4:30 p.m. Monday.
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