Despite a shortened preseason practice schedule, due to a late arriving spring, the South Tama County girls' tennis team debuted in winning fashion Tuesday, April 2 as it defeated the Oskaloosa Indians by a score of 10-1.
Playing the first match of her career at No. 1 singles, STC junior Emily Martin defeated Oskaloosa's Emily Scharff 10-7. Martin showed patience while solving her pesky opponent's game, as well as, a persistent northwest wind. Junior Madison Baack kept the Trojans winning at No. 2 singles with a 10-3 victory over Oskaloosa's Jamie Stewart.
Junior Tori Appelgate propelled the visiting team to another win at No. 3 singles as she knocked off Elizabeth Stam from Oskaloosa 10-3. Regina Balderas made her varsity debut at No. 4 singles in winning fashion. She outlasted Amanda Anderson of Oskaloosa by a score of 10-8.
South Tama's Caitlin Svacina was too much for Oskaloosa's Brook Van Helton at No. 5 singles. Svacina drilled her opponent by a final score of 10-4. Oskaloosa's lone win on the night came from Bethany Rowley at No. 6 singles. She downed STC's Taylor Muhlstein 10-5.
The Trojans dominated doubles action by sweeping all five doubles matches in victory. Martin and Baack teamed up to defeat Scharff and Stam 10-2 at No. 1 doubles. Appelgate and Balderas were better than Stewart and Rowley by a 10-6 score at No. 2 doubles. Senior Leah Mann teamed with Svacina to win at No. 3 doubles 11-9 over Anderson and Van Helton.
Muhlstein and Natasha Musgrave pounced on Morgan Holle and Sharon Boer to win at No. 4 doubles 10-3. Finally, Juniors Ali Vavra and Mollie Morgan posted a 10-3 victory at No. 5 doubles over Claire Carmichael and Tori Holthaus to close out the 10-1 win for STC.
The Trojans will be at home on Monday. They will host Marion at 4:15 p.m. for their home opener.