Smarr chases record

Wednesday, October 8, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:59 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

Rock Bridge’s Stephanie Smarr continued her chase on the Bruins’ record book Tuesday afternoon.

Smarr won her 102nd singles mat-ch, defeating Amy Trae, which helped the Bruins to a 9-0 win at Hickman. Smarr beat Trae 10-0.

Kristin Kornegay, who finished her career last season, holds the record with 104 wins.

Although Smarr said she isn’t concerned with the record, others seem to be more interested.

“My dad’s been keeping track; he knows all the statistics,” Smarr said.

Ben Loeb, Rock Bridge’s coach, said he thinks the record will last a long time.

“It’s a great feat,” Loeb said. “You’ve got to win around 25 matches a year; that’s really tough to do.”

Loeb experimented with a different lineup against the Kewpies (8-7) to prepare his team (13-1) for district play Saturday.

“I tried to put our girls in some challenging matches to see how they’ll respond,” Loeb said.

Sarah Seltsam faced Tammy Yasar in No. 1 singles, winning 10-0.

“I thought Sarah played an outstanding match at No. 1 singles,” Loeb said.

Kara Hickey defeated Katie Glenn 10-0 in No. 2 singles. Hickey, 18-0, is one of the top players in the state, Loeb said.

“I thought that, despite the fact that she was playing a player of Kara’s caliber, Katie did a number of things right,” Hickman coach Jerry Price said. “Her level of enthusiasm was high; it’s very easy for a player in that situation to get down on herself, but Katie really elevated her game.”

The Bruins dropped three games in singles matches and dominated doubles play.

Loeb substituted two junior varsity players, Rachel Mends and Megan Chann, in the doubles matches, giving Hickey and Smarr a rest. Mends teamed with Whitney Reys to defeat Glenn and Rachel Miedema 6-2, 6-0. Chann and Seltsam beat Erin Onofrio and Lauren Brucks 6-2, 6-3.

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