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Girls dominate against Grundy Center in coed meet

April 30, 2014
Steve Bearden - Head Girls Tennis Coach , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama County Girls Tennis Team defeated Grundy Center on April 22 by a score of 9-0 to pick up win #1 in the North Iowa Cedar League in the first match of conference play. Playing in reverse order, the two teams began with doubles play to accommodate the co-ed format. The Trojans set themselves up well as they easily swept the doubles action.

Emily Martin and Madison Baack teamed up to take on Jelena Jaggi and Meghan Saak at #1 Doubles. The experienced team from STC staged a comfortable 8-4 win to run their season record to 5-0. At #2 Doubles, Tori Appelgate and Caitlin Svacina easily downed Sydney Hogle and Piper Johanns by a score of 8-0. STC's Taylor Muhlstein and Sydney Meek matched up across the net from Gabby Haman and Mel Holmeister at #3 Doubles. The Trojans posted an 8-1 victory to push the team score to 3-0.

At #1 Singles, Martin took on Jaggi. Martin jumped to an early 4-1 lead as she consistently broke Jaggi's Serve. Jaggi, an exchange student from Switzerland, was unable to keep contact as Martin raced toward a 10-3 win for the Trojans.

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Tori Appelgate defeated Grundy Center opponent, Johann 10-2 in a coed tennis meet on Tuesday April 22.
Chronicle Photo/Allison Graham

Baack kept things on the right track for the Trojans as she took on Hogle at #2 Singles. Baack's steady game proved too much as she quickly built an 8-0 lead on the sophomore from Grundy Center. Baack never looked back as she was victorious 10-1.

Appelgate's play at #3 Singles was superior to Johanns from Grundy Center. Appelgate raced to a 3-0 lead to seize control of the match early. She built that lead to 9-1 before Johanns grabbed one last game. Appelgate converted to win 10-2.

Svacina controlled her match at #4 Singles against Haman by consistently forcing her opponent to hit backhand after backhand.

Capitalizing on Haman's Errors, Svacina built a 6-3 lead. Late in the match, she was able to force her will en route to a 10-4 victory.

Muhlstein outplayed Saak at #5 Singles. Muhlstein ran to an 8-1 lead before seeing her opponent nab another game. She steadied her game and won 10-2.

Finally, Meek faced April Mixdorf at #6 Singles. Meek started strong and posted a 7-0 lead. The junior was confident as she followed many shots to the net and volleyed the ball for winners. Meek proved victorious as she won 10-1.



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