Acrobatic shots from senior Amy Trae helped the Kewpies tennis team win Tuesday.
The Hickman girls’ swept Helias 9-0 in their fourth home match of the season.
The Kewpies’ win comes after an eighth-place finish in the Great Eight Tournament over the weekend.
Trae and junior Katie Glenn won the No. 1 doubles match 10-1.
Trae made an impressive return off a deep lob shot. With her back to the net, she swung at the ball, managing to get it over. The ball dropped in bounds and out of reach of senior Michelle Stierferman and Becca Muenks.
“I just try to focus on the ball and keep my eye on the ball and the racket and hit it,” Trea said.
The No. 2 doubles team of fresh-men Carrie Ingersoll and Kirsten Seaberg and No. 3 team of junior Laurel Creasey and sophomore Ashley Thompson also performed well. Ingersoll and Seaberg won 10-3. Creasey and Thompson won 10-1.
Glenn continued to hit key shots in the No. 1 singles match. She won the match in straight sets 6-0, 6-1. Glenn was happy with her performance but said she felt she still had some room to improve. She credits her two years of tennis for her ability to make some tough shots.
“I think it’s experience,” Glenn said. “I think that any one of the girls on this team could work hard and get good.”
The Kewpies play again at 4 p.m. Thursday in Jefferson City.
Experience is one thing the Kewpies are missing this year. The team lost 15 seniors from last year’s team.
Coach Jerry Price said he is happy with some of the development the less experienced players are showing.
“It’s a very exciting team to have,” Price said. “The girls are interested. They’re focused. They’re paying attention, and they’re learning.”