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STC girls tennis season ends at regional final

May 26, 2012
By Coach Steve Bearden , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama County girls tennis team ended its successful season one round shy of qualifying for the 2012 State Team Tennis Tournament on May 19 when it fell to Dubuque-Wahlert in the Region 3 final.

The Golden Eagles downed South Tama by a 5-0 score. Despite the loss, the future looks bright as four sophomores saw action for the Trojans on the day.

STC senior Kendra Bradley matched up against Kathleen Hutchinson at No. 1 singles. Bradley struggled to find her usual consistent ground strokes and produced too many unforced errors to gain footing in the match. Hutchinson posted a 6-1, 6-0 win. Hutchinson qualified earlier in the week for the 2012 Individual State Tennis Tournament.

At No. 3 singles, sophomore Madison Baack found herself in a tussle with Wahlert sophomore Caroline Ott. Baack wasn't feeling 100 percent before the match, but fought her way through many long points. Ott proved too tough as she surged to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Ott, too, will play at the 2012 Individual State Tennis Tournament.

After playing the best tennis of her career in the past two weeks, STC senior Sarah Holtz took to the court against Emily Sullivan at No. 4 singles with renewed optimism. Holtz relied on her serve to keep herself in the match, but Sullivan's effort was too strong as she recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win. Sullivan will team with Ott to play doubles at the 2012 Individual State Team Tennis Tournament.

Sophomore Tori Appelgate did a commendable job in her match against Wahlert senior Mary Friekey at No. 5 singles. Appelgate was game for a fight, but came out on the wrong end of the match as Friekey won 7-5, 6-2.

Seeing her first varsity action of her career, STC sophomore Caitlin Svacina matched up at No. 6 singles against Emily Oberhoffer of Wahlert. Svacina seized the first game of the match on her serve to signal that she has the confidence to carry her in the future. Oberhoffer steadied her game to tally a 6-2, 6-1 win for the home team.

One of the most competitive matches of the day ended up not even figuring in the final score. STC Sophomore Emily Martin faced off with Courtney Schneider at No. 2 singles. Schneider grabbed the first set 6-2 on a steady ground game. Martin's acute serving and ability to cover the court allowed her to work her way back into the match early in set number two.

She frustrated her opponent, while relying on her forehand to pressure Schneider into frequent mistakes. Martin moved to a 5-4 lead late in the set before the match was suspended when Wahlert earned enough match wins to take the meet and qualify for the 2012 State Team Tennis Meet.

The Trojans finished one of the most successful seasons in recent history with a 10-3 dual meet record. They finished second at the 2012 North Iowa Cedar League Conference Tennis Meet, won the 2012 North Polk Girls Tennis Invite, and qualified for the 2012 Regional 3 Final.



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