Bruins complete sweep of Jeff City teams

Rock Bridge rolls past the Jays one day
after topping Helias.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:16 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

A windy day at the Rock Bridge tennis courts couldn’t stop the Bruins from blowing past Jefferson City on Tuesday.

The Bruins easily took their second match against a capital city opponent in as many days, winning 9-0. Rock Bridge swept Helias on Monday.

“I think when it’s windy like this you have to be aware of it, and make some adjustments,” coach Ben Loeb said.

Bruin Sarah Seltsam agreed that the blustery weather affects how the team approaches a match.

“It’s a lot different,” Seltsam said. “You have to put a lot more spin on your balls to make sure they go in, and get it up higher over the net. And you have to take into consideration if your back’s to the wind, or if you’re facing the wind.”

Seltsam, who beat Leslie Farmer 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles, said she thought she adjusted and played well. Loeb was quick to compliment her game after the match.

“I think the world of Sarah Seltsam,” Loeb said. “I have great appreciation and respect for the way she goes about it out on the court. She’s spectacular. She gives her best no matter what the situation.”

Seltsam teamed with fellow senior Kara Hickey to win No. 2 doubles 6-0, 7-5.

Hickey dropped the first game of her No. 1 singles match before winning 12 straight games to beat Jennifer Engelhardt in two sets.

Whitney Reys (No. 2 singles), Karla Kruse (No. 3), Ashley Miles (No. 5) and Alissa Winner (No. 6) also won in straight sets. None of the Bruins lost more than two games in their singles match.

Absent from the Rock Bridge lineup was Norwegian exchange student Kirsten Stople, who suffered an abdominal strain during the Columbia Quad Duals on Friday. Stople said she has suffered the injury before, and it took her a week to recover. She will be held out of today’s practice, but is expected to play this weekend when the Bruins travel to Shawnee Mission East on Friday. She’ll participate in the Pembroke Hill Tournament Saturday, Loeb said.

Each player behind Hickey moved up a flight since Stople, who normally plays at No. 2 singles, wasn’t in action.

The lineup shuffling continued in doubles with Reys and Kruse teaming at No. 1 for the first time this season, winning 6-1, 6-1, and Miles and Winner taking their match at No. 3 6-0, 6-1.

Loeb said he was pleasantly surprised with the landslide nature of his team’s win.

“I thought our girls played very well. I was impressed all the way up and down,” Loeb said.

“We had some lopsided scores that I didn’t expect because I think Jefferson City has a good team, but our girls just had a great night.”

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