Rock Bridge didn’t have long to savor its Class 2 state tennis championship Thursday night. Five of its six players competed in the individual singles and doubles championships on Friday.
The team of Kara Hickey and Whitney Reys advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with two victories on Friday. They defeated Sarah Dalton and Stacey Goebel of Oakville 6-0, 6-0 in their opening match, and they beat Jordan Lipira and Megan Varma of St. Joseph Central 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Despite winning every set in their first two matches, Hickey and Reys said their best play is ahead of them. Both players said they need to commit fewer unforced errors and double faults to win the title on Saturday.
“We’re confident we’ll play better tomorrow,” Reys said. “We didn’t have our A-game today.”
Hickey won the 2002 doubles title with Kristin Kornegay and the 2001 title with her sister, Cheryl.
Stephanie Smarr is the lone Bruin competing in the singles draw. In the opening round, she dropped the first two games to Poplar Bluff’s Francis Kalich before winning the next 12 in a row. She then lost in the quarterfinals to Meagan Brown of Kickapoo 1-6, 3-6. She’s still in medal contention though thanks to her 6-4, 6-2 win against Kim O’Keefe of Hazelwood Central in the consolation bracket. The top six finishers each receive medals.
The team of Ashley Miles and Karla Kruse lost its first round match to Elizabeth Hurley and Shannon Ward of St. Joseph’s Academy 7-5, 2-6, 4-6. Miles and Kruse were down 2-5 in the first set before winning the next five games. The duo won its two consolation matches, and they need to win their next two on Saturday to finish fifth. They beat Sheryl Horton and Jen Scott of Francis Howell North 6-2, 6-2, and then defeated Erinn Beckman and Jennifer Kim of Kickapoo 6-0, 6-3.
The semifinals of all matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and the finals will start in the early afternoon.