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South Tama Girls Tennis Caps 2019 Season

May 31, 2019
By Steve Bearden - Girls Tennis Coach , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The STC Girls Tennis Team ended their post season run at the 2019 IGHSAU Individual Regional Tennis Tournament on May 15th by playing two marathon matches and by facing 20+time team champion Waterloo Columbus. The Trojans were grouped in Region 4 with Oelwein, South Hardin, Iowa Falls-Alden, St. Edmund Fort Dodge, Webster City, Waterloo Columbus, Dike-New Hartford, and Grundy Center/Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

The Trojans were led by seniors Abbie Morgan and Zoee Buffalo as they competed in doubles play. The talented duo earned the #3 Seed after compiling a 9-3 regular season record. They took on Oelwein's Mahayla Harrison and Morgan Vawter in the Round of 16. Morgan and Buffalo wasted very little time asserting their powerful games. STC grabbed the opening set 6-2. The momentum they built continued in the second set as they didn't drop a single game to win the match 6-2, 6-0.

In the quarterfinals, Morgan/Buffalo faced Grundy Center's Lesley Holmeister and Reegan Zinkula in a match that lasted over two hours. Trailing 1-5, South Tama righted the ship and roared back to tie the first set at 5-5. Holmeister/Zinkula broke Buffalo's serve and then held serve to grab the set 7-5. Morgan/Buffalo gathered their nerve and went on a tear in set number two. Combining powerful serves with an efficient net game, they won the second set 6-0. In the final set, momentum shifted yet again when Holmeister/Zinkula jumped to a 4-1 lead. The lead was too much to overcome as Morgan/Buffalo fell 5-7, 6-0, 2-6.

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Abbie Morgan plays her Individual matches at the girls regional tournament in May 15.
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Senior Kaylynn Dunn waged battle in Round of 16 Singles Action against Oelwein's Megan Baerg. In a match that lasted nearly two hours and thirty minutes, Dunn saw the momentum shift several times. Playing the best tennis of her season, Dunn secured the opening set 6-3. Baerg changed tactics in the second set by attacking Dunn's backhand. The tactic worked as she snatched the set 6-2. Dunn's attempt to turn the tide came up short as she fell 6-3, 2-6, 2-6.

Anna Glendy and Enriquetta Wanatee-Diego had the unenviable task of facing the #1 Seeds from Waterloo Columbus, Taylor Hogan and Elysse Trost in the Round of 16 of doubles action. Hogan/Trost were state qualifiers in singles in 2018. Glendy/ Wanatee-Diego competed with determination but fell 0-6, 0-6. Hogan/Trost went on to win the region four doubles title and qualified for the 2019 IGHSAU State Tennis Meet.

Sophomore Aubrey Roberts continued to gain experience as she played singles at the event. Matched against Emma Spieker from South Hardin in the Round of 16, Roberts fell behind early 1-4 in set #1. Speiker snatched the first set by a score of 6-2. In the second set, Roberts failed to gain much traction as she once again fell behind early. In the end, Spieker was victorious 6-2, 6-0.

Four spots were up for grabs in Region 4 to advance to the 2019 State Tennis Meet. Waterloo Columbus secured all four spots by finishing 1st and 2nd in both singles and doubles.



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