Tennis girls stay calm and play on at tough home meet

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Number one doubles player, Hannah Kinderknecht, prepares to serve up a winning point.

The TCHS girls’ tennis team competed on their home courts at the Trego Invitational tennis tournament on September 22, placing fifth out of eight teams.  This tournament bracket was similar to regionals, and the players were seeded by their records.

Seeded second and earning a fourth place medal, singles player Adrian Dietz went 2-2 for the day.  In her first match she played Taylor Hahn, Osborne, winning 8-1.  In her second match, she beat Shyann Railsback, Norton, 8-2.  In the quarterfinals, Dietz met competition, losing a close match to Brooklyn Kuhn, Victoria, 7-8(3-7).  She then fell to Jacie Roth, Phillipsburg, 3-8.

Doubles team Tillie Malinowsky and Hannah Kinderknecht earned the highest placing of Trego’s three doubles teams, placing 9th.  They fell to their first opponents from Claflin, Hickel/Jeffrey, 5-8, putting them on the back side of the bracket.  In their next match they swept Fritzler/Cochran, Victoria, 8-0.  In their next two matches, they played their teammates, beating both Hickson/Cleland, 8-1, and Post/Littlechild, 8-3.

In the 8th seed, Gracie Hickson and Shaelyn Cleland played Huntley/Russell, Phillipsburg, losing 6-8.  They then had a bye the second round.  In the third round on the backside of the bracket, they fell to Malinowsky/Kinderknecht, Trego, 1-8, moving them to play for 11th place.  In the last match Hickson/Cleland lost another close match to Rayas/Youmans, Tribune, 6-8.  They ended the day with a 0-3 record placing 12th.

Paige Post and Desiree Littlechild paired as doubles to fill an open spot for Norton.  In their first match, Post/Littlechild lost to Kalli Moore/Nyla Salinas, Phillipsburg, 1-8.  Playing aggressively, they beat Davis/Basgall, Norton, 8-5.  In their third match, they dominated Rayas/Youmans, Tribune, 8-0, moving them to play for 9th.  They lost to teammates Malinowsky/Kinderknecht, 3-8, ending in 10th for the day.

Playing singles, Cambrie Kemp played number one seed, Emily Ryan, Claflin, losing 0-8.  She then played a similar ranked player, Scarlett Nowlin, Victoria, but fell in a close match, 6-8. 

Coach Dietz commented on the doubles teams, “They all are improving and moving better with each match.  They are all similar in level, and it’s great to see the girls’ push each other competitively.”