This yr, senior night time came with out any seniors for the Muscatine Higher School women tennis crew.
Sadly for the Muskies, it came with out a gain, much too, as Davenport Central took eight of the 9 matches performed at Muscatine High Faculty.
As the two Central and Muscatine entered Tuesday’s Mississippi Athletic Meeting match with no a earn in dual participate in, a little something had to give.
With the acquire, the Blue Devils moved to 1-5 in duals whilst the Muskies dropped to -7.
“Equally groups were supportive of every other,” reported Muscatine head coach Kyle Kennedy. “They ended up serving to every single other out. I consider that is pretty exceptional with ladies tennis — in particular our staff — we are genuinely helpful.”
The Muskie earn arrived from a No. 2 doubles pairing of Grace Brookhart and Zara Stoltzfus, who defeated Kelly Lowe and Dontayvia Kirk in a few sets (5-7, 6-2, 10-6).
Both equally Stoltzfus and Brookhart have been tough outs in singles competitiveness, while their Blue Satan counterparts every single obtained a few-set wins.
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Stoltzfus, a freshman, practically stole her singles match from Central’s Netty Kantner immediately after Stoltfus took the to start with set 6-, but Kantner stormed again to consider the next two sets by finals 7-5 and 10-7.
The junior Brookhart went up in opposition to Emily McMahon, who scored the gain (5-6, 6-3, 10-5) in what turned out to be a little bit of a marathon of a match.
Muscatine also shed Jenna Lovstad to damage minutes ahead of the twin, leaving freshman Anna Storr to fill in the Muskies’ No. 2 situation in singles engage in and as Haney’s doubles husband or wife.
“Especially for a freshman, Anna has been really consistent in her improvement,” claimed Kennedy. “Primarily if we begin having outside the house extra, I assume we are going to see a lot far more improvement for our team.”
Though the Muskie doubles tandem went down in straight sets (6-, 6-), Storr played a competitive singles match from Central’s Kelly Lowe. Even so, the match went in Lowe’s favor, 6-5, 6-3.
Muscatine sophomore Rose Hartvigsen and juniors Aubrey Haney and Vanessa Mendoza were only ready to score two recreation wins in singles engage in.
Hartvigsen and Mendoza experienced a little bit much more good results as partners but shed in doubles participate in (6-1, 6-2) to Central’s Kantner and McMahon.
“Overall, our basics are steadily strengthening,” Kennedy explained. “They are obtaining a minor additional regular with their groundstrokes. Their serves are in a great deal more, so they’re not double-faulting as often.
“We nevertheless require to do the job on backhands and matters like that, but it is been tricky. We’ve only been ready to get outside the house like 8 or 9 days this season due to the fact of the climate. But we’re starting up to see that consistency, and they are starting to develop that assurance.”
The Muskies are back at it future Monday at household against non-convention opponent Camanche.
“However, the timetable this calendar year has been actually prime-major for us,” mentioned the Muskie coach. “We played all of the best 5 groups from our convention suitable off the bat. I believe equally groups acquired a lot of benefit out of tonight.”
Davenport Central 8, Muscatine 1
No. 1 — Maitreyi Shrikhande (DC) def. Aubrey Haney 6-, 6-.
No. 2 — Kelly Lowe (DC) def. Anna Storr 6-5, 6-3
No. 3 — Emily McMahon (DC) def. Grace Brookhart 5-6, 6-3, 10-5
No. 4 — Netty Kantner (DC) def. Zara Stoltzfus -6, 7-5, 10-7
No. 5 — Dontayvia Kirk (DC) def. Rose Hartvigsen 6-, 6-1
No. 6 — Grace Hopkins (DC) def. Vanessa Mendoza, 6-, 6-1
No. 1 — Shrikhande/Ella Skolrood (DC) def. Haney/Storr 6-, 6-
No. 2 — Brookhart/Stoltzfus (MUS) def. Lowe/Kirk 5-7, 6-2, 10-6
No. 3 — McMahon/Kantner def. Hartvigsen/Mendoza 6-1, 6-2