Knights tennis rebounds from rough stretch

Jolena Duda returns the ball during her match. She won all of her matches last week. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

Jolena Duda returns the ball during her match. She won all of her matches last week. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

Cory Eull came up with a pair of big victories last week for STMA. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

Cory Eull came up with a pair of big victories last week for STMA. (Photo by Bill Halldin)

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports

 

The Knights tennis team came into homecoming week having lost its last three matches. Two matchups against Mississippi 8 opponents awaited the girls.

Against the St. Francis Saints, the Knights won 7-0. #1 singles player Kiana Eystad won her matchup 6-0, 6-0. Missy Gust won hers 6-1, 6-0. Maddy Schopf followed suit 6-1, 6-3 and Cory Eull won 6-2, 6-3.

Coach Jim Riles thought the singles players hustled and played consistent tennis.

The doubles teams also did well. Jessica and Jolene Duda won 6-3, 6-0. Coach Riles paired them together as a change of pace. Regular team Brittany Haas and Emily Tschida won 6-3, 6-1. Annie Caron and Anna Moritz won 6-4, 6-4. In the extra matchup, Brittney Gruby and Mackenzie Laterell lost 4-6, 6-3, with a 7-10 tiebreaker in the third set.

Coach Riles said that the doubles players moved well together.

On Thursday, the Knights took on Big Lake and also won 7-0. For this matchup, coach Riles went back to his usual lineup. Jessica Duda came back to win her match 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Jolene Duda won hers 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. Eull won hers 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 with a tiebreaker in the third set. Riles was impressed by his girls’ competitive spirit.

In doubles, Haas and Tschida won 6-1, 6-2. Schopf and Caron won 7-6×1, 6-0. Moritz and Gruby won 6-3, 6-3 and Laterell and Alissa Anderson won 7-6×6, 6-2.

Riles felt his doubles teams did a great job.

The Knights improved to 12-5 with a conference record of 4-4. The Knights finished the regular season on Monday against Buffalo. STMA began section play on Wednesday.

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