The STC Girls Tennis Team ran its record to 3-0 on the young season by crushing Grinnell on April 12 by a final score of 10-1. The Trojans swept all six singles matches before grabbing four of five doubles matches.
STC Senior Brooke Upah faced Grinnell’s Emily Kriegel at #1 Singles. Kriegel got an early service break to lead 4-3. Upah broke back to even things at 4-4. Trading groundstrokes and service breaks, both players fought for every point. Upah was successful in nabbing the set 7-5. Kriegel steadied herself to take a lead at the start of the second set. Finding herself down 1-4, Upah mounted a fierce comeback to win five straight games to take the set and the match 7-5, 6-4.
At #2 Singles, Junior Kendra Bradley faced Ellie Havlik of Grinnell. Bradley served well and placed the ball deep in the court to build an early lead in the match. She moved her opponent around the court to force a multiple of unforced errors. Bradley withstood an early push by Havlik in the second set to turn her opponent away. Bradley recorded a well deserved 6-1, 6-2 win.
STC Senior Kayla Schrader dominated Grinnell’s Skye Puls at #3 Singles. She raced out to a 5-0 lead before securing the set 6-0. She continued her pressure in the second set- serving well and breaking her opponent’s serve frequently. Schrader posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
At #4 Singles, Senior Courtney Svacina kept the winning going for the Trojans. Facing Lily Cook, Svacina played a steady game from the baseline to frustrate her opponent. She grabbed a 6-1, 6-2 victory for the host school.
Sophomore Natasha Musgrave recorded her first varsity singles win of the season at #5 Singles. She faced Grinnell’s Jessa Bidwell. After trailing early, Musgrave fought back to secure the first set 6-4. Cutting down on her unforced errors allowed Musgrave to build a nice lead late in the match. She notched a 6-4, 6-1 win.
Sierra Old Bear provided a clean sweep in singles action for the Trojans as she faced Molly Ellis at #6 Singles. Old Bear served well, but returned serve even better. She easily raced to a 6-1 first set win. She managed to distance herself from her opponent in the second set and won 6-1, 6-3.
STC continued its winning ways by nabbing four of the five doubles matches. At #1 Doubles, Upah/Bradley faced Kriegel/Havlik. The duo from STC played a solid game filled with confidence to grab a 6-2, 6-2 win.
At #2 Doubles, Svacina/Schrader crushed Puls/Cook with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 score. Stepping up for the Trojans at #3 Doubles were Old Bear/Britney Burchard against Ellis/Bidwell. Playing the closest match of the night, the duo from STC were forced to a final set tiebreaker. After dropping the first set 3-6, Old Bear/Burchard evened the match with a 6-4 second set win. In the Match Tiebreaker, both teams traded service breaks frequently. Ultimately the Trojans converted to secure the match by a score of 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8).
Playing in their first varsity match of the year were Freshmen Emily Martin-Madison Baack at #4 Doubles for STC. They faced Jackie Johnson/Chelsey Yongman of Grinnell. After falling down early, Martin/Baack fought back to force a first set tiebreaker. By placing a fundamentally sound game of doubles, they were able to build to a 7-4 first set tiebreak victory. After racing to a 5-2 lead in the second set, Madison/Baack saw Johnson/Yongman fight their way back to a 5-4 STC lead. Baack held serve in the final game to win the match for the Trojans. The final score saw Martin/Baack winning 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.
At #5 Doubles, STC Juniors Blair Bridges/Aubree McFate were unexpectantly called into action at the last minute. They fought valiantly before falling 2-6, 0-6 to Grinnell’s Elenor Lopatto/Caprisse Honsbruch.
In Junior Varsity Action, the Trojans posted an 8-2 win over Grinnell. STC got wins by the doubles teams of: Taylor Muhlstein/Leah Mann (2), Caitlyn Svacina/Tori Apllegate, Samantha Holtz/Regina Balderas (2), Alexis Rosario/Jessica Schuur, Mollie Morgan/Kayla Dye, and Kori Timberwolf/Ali Vavra. The STC Junior Varsity is 3-0 on the season after the victory.