The STC girls tennis team started its season in winning fashion on Tuesday by downing Oskaloosa by a score of 9-2.
The meet served as the first contest held at the recently improved STC Tennis Complex. The Trojans got off to a quick start by sweeping five of the first six singles events. They followed that up by grabbing five of the six doubles contests.
At No. 1 Singles, STC Senior Kendra Bradley faced off against two-time state qualifier Amanda Stefanik. Bradley focused on making her opponent move around the court. She effectively used the short ball to draw Stefanik into the front court. Bradley followed up with a lob or deep ball to keep her opponent guessing. Stefanik's tough serving proved to be the difference at this stage of the season as she held on for a 10-2 victory.
Sophomore Madison Baack smashes a return during doubles action Tuesday afternoon. The Trojans won the dual against Oskaloosa to open their season.
The Trojans regrouped and went on a run as Sophomore Madison Baack faced Susana Salazar at No. 2 Singles. Baack played a steady game while relying on her backhand to cruise to victory 10-4. Sophomore Emily Martin stepped up against Jenna Stewart at No. 3 Singles. After falling behind 1-4, Martin turned things around using her lob effectively to frustrate her opponent. She stormed back for a 10-7 win.
At No. 4 Singles, Senior Sarah Holtz found herself leading early in her match against Megan Dursky. Holtz rode her serve to victory 10-8. STC continued its winning ways at No. 5 Singles as Senior Sierra Old Bear downed Kailey Scharff by a score of 10-4. The Trojans continued to build their lead as STC Senior Alexandrah Walker downed Osky's Elizabeth Stam 10-6 at No. 6 Singles.
The Trojans dominated in doubles play. STC Sophomore's Baack/Martin won easily at No. 2 Doubles 10-3 over Stewart/Dursky. Old Bear/Walker trounced Scharff/Stam at No. 3 Doubles 10-2. South Tama Seniors Aubree McFate/Blair Bridges outpaced Jamie Stewart/Natalie Whitis at No. 4 Doubles by a score of 10-5. Making their varsity debuts, STC Sophomores Tori Applegate/Regina Balderas downed Amanda Anderson/Brooke Van Helton 10-3.
The STC JV grabbed a 6-4 win over Oskaloosa. South Tama got wins by Taylor Muhlstein/Natasha Musgrave, Ali Vavra/Mollie Morgan, Jennifer Perez/Samantha Holtz, Jessica Schuur/Alexis Rosario, Sydney Meek/Federica Pozzi, and Mackenzie McFate/Emily Jantzen.
STC continues play following Easter on April 9 at Marion, on April 10 at Grinnell and on April 13 at home against NU High.