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Trojans cruise to victory over Dike-New Hartford

May 4, 2012
By Steve Bearden , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama County girls tennis team posted another victory on the season as it downed Dike-New Hartford on Monday. by a score of 7-2.

The host team raced out to a 4-2 lead after singles play and never looked back. The Trojans grabbed all three doubles matches to surge to victory.

STC senior Kendra Bradley continued her dominance over NICL Opponents at No. 1 singles. She played a relentless ground game to grab hold of her match against Morgan Samec. Bradley produced winner after winner from the baseline, while smothering her opponent's backhand in building to a 10-2 victory. Bradley holds a 9-1 singles record on the season.

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South Tama’s Kendra Bradley returns a backhand volley during her No. 1 singles match Monday. Bradley won her match 10-2, helping STC beat Dike-New Hartford 7-2.

South Tama's super sophomores held steady at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Emily Martin went down early in her match against Emily Dwyer. Martin steadied her game in order to drive her way to a 10-7 win at No. 2. She remains undefeated on the season. Madison Baack matched up against Alivia Zubrod at No. 3. Baack led throughout the match and again was able to break her opponent's serve late in the set to snatch a 10-7 victory.

Danae Dieken of Dike New Hartford played a consistent game to drop South Tama's Sarah Holtz at No. 4 singles by a score of 10-4. STC Senior Sierra Old Bear imposed her presence in her match against Lexi Schmitz. After a 3-3 tie, Old Bear surged ahead to win the next seven games to post a 10-3 win. Tessa Dahl withstood a fight by South Tama's Tori Appelgate at No. 6 singles to eek out a 10-8 victory.

The Trojans proved invincible in doubles play. Old Bear teamed with Alexandra Walker to crush Dieken/Dahl at No. 3 doubles by a score of 10-1. Martin/Baack were stingy in their win over Dwyer/Zubrod as they allowed their opponent only one game in a 10-1 victory.

The final doubles match saw STC seniors Bradley/Sarah matched up against Samec/Schmitz of Dike-New Hartford at No. 1 doubles. The Trojans raced out to an early 3-0 lead, only to see their opponents fight their way back into the match. Tied 6-6, the duo from STC broke serve to go up 7-6.

Holtz came up big at the net in the next game as she helped the Trojans build a lead of 8-6 after several clutch putaways from close range. Bradley and Holtz both returned serve well in the next game to pressure their opponents. They again broke to go up 9-6. Holtz dropped in several big serves while Bradley controlled the net to put the Trojans over the top in a 10-6 win.

The Trojans held a 6-1 dual meet record on the season entering a matchup with South Hardin Thursday in Eldora. Results weren't available at press time.

In junior varsity Action, South Tama pounced on Dike-New Hartford to produce a 3-1 win. STC got wins in doubles play by Aubree McFate/Blair Bridges, Tori Appelgate/Regina Balderas, and Caitlin Svacina/Leah Mann.



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