While Hickman coach Jerry Price attended the U.S. Open in New York, his team in Columbia proved it doesn’t take professionals to put on a good show.
The Kewpies beat Marquette High 4-3 despite a constant sprinkle at Hickman on Saturday.
The victory marked the Kewpies’ second win in less than 24 hours. Friday, the Kewpies defeated Parkway Central 5-4.
Hickman’s No. 1 team of Katie Glenn and Amy Trae treated fans and teammates to an exciting match against Anne Grass and Lauren Easterday. Glenn and Trae took an 8-4 lead, but Marquette rallied and tied the match at 10, forcing a tiebreaker.
Marquette built a 9-5 advantage in the tiebreaker, but stalled one point shy as Glenn and Trae rallied to win 11-10 (12-10).
“I just knew that we had worked so hard to begin with that we couldn’t let it go,” Trae said. “We haven’t won a No. 1 double yet and we really wanted to win it because we were just clicking today.”
The Kewpies’ doubles tandem of Tammy Yasar and Kirsten Seaberg won its match 10-7. Senior captain Erin Onofrio and Lauren Brucks followed with a 10-6 loss to Marquette’s Kristi Hargas and Andrea Harris.
The single match session started slowly for Hickman (2-1) when Marquette freshman Ellen Mauger defeated Tammy Yasar 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Onofrio then lost 6-1, 6-2 to Emily Beck. The Kewpies earned wins with Kirsten Seaberg defeating Taylor Stainforth 6-0, 6-2 and Lauren Brucks defeating Nicole Samsel 6-3, 6-2.
“I started out strong, but I got into a little funk,” Brucks said. “But there was one match I played well and coach Glenn came over and told me not to lose my mentality and to keep doing what I was doing.”
Glenn and Trae’s singles matches were called because of slick court conditions.
“We were kind of hoping and waiting that the rain would slow up again,” Hickman assistant coach Barb Glenn said. “I think we made the right decision. I’ve much rather have the girls all healthy playing Tuesday than having somebody in a leg brace.”
Although the Kewpies suffered a tough loss to Rolla to open the season, Onofrio said the team has learned from its mistakes.
“In our last match against Parkway Central we started playing as a team, our doubles started to come together and we lived up to our potential,” Onofrio said. “We’re finally bringing it together, and some of that spilled over into today.”