Battling wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, the South Tama County Girls Tennis Team took on defending WAMAC Tennis Champions Mount Vernon on Thursday, April 6 at Cornell College. The Mustangs defeated South Tama by a score of 9-0.
Sophomore Abbie Morgan found herself in the most competitive match of the meet at #6 Singles. She locked into battle with Jessica Barske in a match that saw Morgan grab a 7-5 lead. The talented senior from Mount Vernon battled back to grab the next three games to lead 8-7. Facing defeat, Morgan converted the next game to even things at 8-8 and force a tiebreaker. Barske faired better in the tiebreaker to notch a 7-3 victory for the win and a final score of 9-8 (3).
Senior Laura Fernandez-Garcia took on Grace Pelley at #4 Singles. Pelley proved experienced enough to nab the win for the Mustangs by a score of 8-3. Senior Serena Lowe continues to improve with every match that she plays. Facing Paige Pospisil at #5 Singles, Lowe battled the wind and her experienced opponent before falling 1-8.
Senior Brycelyn Haughey has the difficult task of playing the best player of each team as she represents South Tama at #1 Singles. On this night, Senior Wynne Vandersall was across the net. Vandersall's consistency proved too good as she posted an 8-0 victory for the home team. Junior Bri Nelson came up short against Brittney Darrow at #2 Singles. Nelson grabbed the first game of the match before Darrow reeled off eight straight to win 8-1. Courtney Anderson matched up against Katie Wycoff at #3 Singles. Wycoff cruised to an 8-1 win for the Mustangs.
In doubles action, the team of Lowe/Morgan again paced the Trojans. Facing Bianca Kladivo/Amanda Dragon, the team from South Tama matched their opponents early in the match. Utilizing strong net play, Lowe/Morgan again showed they are a team that is beginning to understand their roles. In the end, the Mount Vernon Team notched an 8-5 win for their team at #3 Doubles.
Stepping to the court at #2 Doubles for STC were Anderson/Fernandez-Garcia to take on Wycoff/Darrow. Frustrated by the wind and their opponents, the senior duo suffered a 0-8 defeat. At #1 Doubles, Haughey/Nelson dropped a 2-8 decision at the hands of Vandersall/Pelley.
In JV Action, South Tama grabbed an 8-4 victory over Mount Vernon. The Trojans tallied wins by the following doubles teams: Anna Glendy/Zoee Buffalo, Alexes Baeza/Ashley Thomazin, Allison Thomazin/Alexes Baeza, Abby Buffalo/Zoee Buffalo, Anna Dvorak/Abby Buffalo, Daniela Contreras/Briana Jensen, and Enriqueta Diego/Addie Romero (2).