STC Girls Tennis Come Up Just Short Against Nevada

STC’s Khole Chyma plays singles at Nevada at a recent tennis meet. Photo Provided

The STC Girls Tennis Team traveled to Nevada on April 27 to face the Nevada Cubs at SCORE Park. Despite falling 5-4, the Trojans gave a valiant effort on the court nearly pulling off a come from behind victory.

Hope Werner improved her season record to 5-2 at #1 Singles when she defeated Madison McGaffin. Werner jumped out to a 2-1 lead and didn’t look back. The consistent senior snatched six of the final seven games to race to an 8-2 victory. Junior Adriana Cervantes frustrated her opponent with drop shot after drop shot to gain control of her match at #5 singles. Cervantes built an early 4-1 lead into an 8-3 win over Jaylyn Schakel for STC.

South Tama narrowly missed out on wins at #3 and #6 singles. Senior Jordyn Cremeans locked into battle with Emma DePenning at #3. Both players held serve throughout the match to keep things even early. After leading 5-4, Cremeans dropped two games to see her advantage disappear. Undeterred, Cremeans broke DePenning’s serve to keep it close. In the end, DePenning’s consistency won the day as she grabbed the win 8-6. Junior Grace Novotny methodically built a lead against Paige Handsaker at #6. Novotny’s lead stood at 6-3 before Handsaker shifted the momentum to even things at 6-6. Handsaker was just consistent enough to secure the win at 8-6.

STC’s Klohe Chyma and Aubrey Roberts played much better than their final scores indicated. Chyma fell to August Martinez 1-8 at #4 singles. Roberts was defeated by Ellie Gray by a score of 2-8 at #2 singles.

Trailing 4-2 after singles play, the Trojans needed to sweep the three varsity doubles matches to secure the team victory. Cervantes/Novotny led 2-0 at #2 doubles before allowing DePenning/Martinez to win the third game of the match. That game was the only game Cervantes/Novotny would give up as they powered to an 8-1 win for STC. At #3 doubles, Cremeans/Chyma faced off against Schakel/Handsaker. Trailing 3-1, Cremeans/Chyma caught fire and reeled off seven straight games to notch an 8-3 win.

Werner/Roberts teamed at #1 doubles to face McGaffin/Gray in what proved to be the deciding match. The host team got out to a hot start as they surged to a 4-0 lead. Werner/Roberts couldn’t overcome that lead as they ultimately fell 8-3.

In JV play, Nevada was victorious 4-2. South Tama grabbed wins by the doubles teams of Kara Nachazel/Katie Husak and Kara Nachazel/Alondra Bolanos.