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Lady Trojans tennis splits duals

May 8, 2013
By Coach Steve Bearden , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama girls tennis team recorded its fifth win of the season when it defeated AGWSR on Tuesday by a score of 6-3. Emily Martin added to her season singles win total when she defeated Hannah Johnson at No. 1 singles. Martin recorded an 8-1 victory to grab win number six on the season against only one loss.

Tori Appelgate moved up to play at No. 2 singles against Jayne Wiarda after playing most of the season at No. 3 singles. The two battled to a 4-4 tie before Appelgate surged ahead to 6-4. Wairdo evened things before grabbing an 8-6 win. Regina Balderas stepped in at No. 3 singles and quickly dispatched Cassie Young by an 8-2 score.

Caitlin Svacina found herself at No. 4 singles for the night. Svacina matched up against Val Lindaman. Lindaman built a lead that Svacina just couldn't overcome. Lindaman posted an 8-2 win. Taylor Muhlstein stepped up to play No. 5 singles against Morgan Kappel. Despite a good effort, Muhlstein fell by a score of 8-4. Seeing her first action in varsity singles was senior Leah Mann, who played at No. 6 singles against Mel Morones. Mann made the most of her debut as she recorded an 8-5 victory.

Tied at 3-3, the Trojans took control of the match in doubles play. Martin and Appelgate teamed at No. 1 doubles to grab a convincing 8-3 win over Johnson and Wiarda. Balderas and Muhlstein teamed to take down Young and Morones at No. 2 doubles. The team from STC posted an 8-5 win.

At No. 3 doubles, Svacina and Mann battled Kappel and Morones to 8-8. In the tiebreaker, Kappel and Morones surged out to a 4-1 lead before the duo from STC roared back to grab a 6-4 lead. Svacina and Mann executed to notch a 7-5 tiebreaker win and the match victory 9-8 (5).

The win puts South Tama at 5-2 on the season. The Trojans were scheduled to host South Hardin on Thursday in Tama.

On Monday, the Lady Trojans took on Dike-New Hartford in NICL Action. DNH posted a 6-3 win over the Trojans. An unfortunate injury impacted South Tama's performance on the night.

Martin started fast in her match against Morgan Samec at No. 1 singles. Martin served phenomenally well in route to an easy 8-0 win. Junior Madison Baack found herself locked into a battle with Lexi Schmitz at No. 2 singles. Tied at 5-5, Baack unfortunately found herself hampered by an injury. She limped through the final games before succumbing by an 8-5 score.

Appelgate continued her excellent play of the season as she took on Emily Dwyer at No. 3 singles. Appelgate imposed her will while building an early lead. She went on to grab an 8-4 win. Balderas went down 5-2 early in her match at No. 4 singles with Rachel Koop. Balderas battled back to get within one at 7-6. Koop held on to notch an 8-6 victory.

Svacina struggled at No. 5 singles against her taller opponent, Alivia Zubrod. Zubrod recorded an 8-0 win for DNH. Tessa Dall helped DNH build a lead after singles action when she downed South Tama's Muhlstein at No. 6 singles. Dall notched an 8-4 win.

Due to Baack's injury, the doubles lineup for STC looked different for the first time this season. Martin and Appelgate teamed at No. 1 doubles to post an easy 8-4 win over Samec and Schmitz. Sophomore Sydney Meek did an admirable job as she stepped in to team with Balderas at No. 2 doubles. The duo from STC took on Dwyer and Zubrod in an 8-0 loss. Finally, the team of Svacina and Mann fell to Koop and Katie Nielsen at No. 3 doubles by a score of 8-2.



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