Aug. 25: 0-7 Loss to LSH
There were several close matches on a very hot day at the Belle Plaine Athletic Complex on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
While the Tigers played many impressive games in their season opener, they were defeated by Le Sueur Henderson, a very solid team this year.
At second singles, Emma Driehorst had a very close first set losing in a tie-breaker 7-6 with a tie-breaker score of 7-5 against Le Sueur-Henderson’s Chloe Brandt.
“The consistency of her ground strokes has improved tremendously since last season,” according to coach Melissa Hanson. “It has led to her playing more competitive matches against better competition. It will be a great season for her as she continues to refine her strategies.”
Lydia Sparby, at third singles, also played an awesome match in her varsity debut, albeit losing to Makenna Reinhardt 3-6 and 4-6.
Hanson said, “She is also a very consistent player and used that consistency to force her opponent to make errors. I look for her to grow at her position this season.”
Lauren Johnson and Amilia Messer lost a very close battle at first doubles 6-3, 3-6, 3-6. “They are a great doubles team together and both have great serves and play the net very well,” said Hanson.
At second doubles, Elissa Moonen and Courtney Eppen also lost a close match, playing a great match in the second and beginning of the third set, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6.
“Both are pretty aggressive at the net,” said Hanson. “We just needed to work on being more consistent throughout the match to pull out a victory.”
Aug. 27: 5-2 Win vs. TCU
Singles played solid matches top to bottom, patiently waiting for the right opportunity to put balls away. Senior Kadence Bran de Leon got her first win at the first singles position against TCU’s Josie Plut 6-2 and 6-1.
According to Coach Hanson, “Kadence has a ton of potential to be a great singles player. We have been working hard on being more consistent and staying confident throughout the match.”
Emma Driehorst and Lydia Sparby again had solid matches at second and third singles. Sparby finished her match quickly to secure her first varsity win 6-2 and 6-1.
“Emma and Lydia both play a consistent style of play and will wear their opponents down. It has been exciting to see their growth this year,” said Hanson.
Driehorst secured her win against Tri-City United’s Monserrat Ruiz 6-0 and 6-4.
Doubles teams also played solid matches with first doubles Lauren Johnson and Amilia Messer continuing their solid serving and net play. Their 6-1, 6-3 win was the first career varsity win for both players.
“Second doubles team of Elissa Moonen and Courtney Eppen played a much more consistent match than they did against Le Sueur-Henderson and didn’t panic in a close second set winning 6-2, 6-4,” said Coach Hanson.
2020 BPHS Girls’ Tennis Results and Schedule
L Aug. 25 – LSH 7, BP 0
W Aug 27 – BP 5, Tri-City United 2
Sept. 1 - 4:15 p.m. vs. Le Sueur-Henderson
Sept. 3 - 4:30 p.m. vs. Sibley East
Sept. 8 - 4:15 p.m. vs. Maple River
Sept. 10 - 4:30 p.m. vs. Holy Family Catholic
Sept. 15 - 4:15 p.m. @ Tri-City United - Le Center Elementary
Sept. 17 - 4:15 p.m. vs. Southwest Christian
Sept. 21 - 4:30 p.m. vs. Jordan
Sept. 22 - 4:15 p.m. @ Sibley East High School.
Sept. 29 - 4:15 p.m. @ United South Central in Wells
Oct. 1 - 4:30 p.m. vs. United South Central