The Rock Bridge tennis team used machine-like efficiency to crank out the quickest home-match victory so far this season against Marshall.
Rock Bridge (12-0) showed little emotion on the court, finishing off the Owls 9-0 in 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Kara Hickey and Kirsten Stople overpowered their competition 6-0 and 6-0 at Nos. and 2 singles. Whitney Reys, Karla Kruse, Sarah Seltsam and Ashley Miles also swept their matches in straight sets.
If the undefeated Bruins are indeed machines, coach Ben Loeb has been the system’s foreman. Loeb used the doubles matches to prepare for this weekend’s Southern Illinois duals.
“I thought it was important that we get some other girls more varsity experience in getting ready for this Friday, Saturday tournament, which will be a big one,” Loeb said.
The event features a five-singles, four-doubles format, a little different than the customary six singles and three doubles.
“You have to rely on some other girls to help you out that haven’t played as much varsity as some of the others,” Loeb said. Loeb used junior varsity players Megan Chann and Sarah Ginsburg at No. 2 doubles and then won 6-2, 6-4.
“I liked the way Megan Chann and Sarah Ginsburg closed out that second set,” Loeb said. “They struggled a little bit at times in the second set but I thought the fact that they closed it out strong to win the set 6-4 was a real positive because I think they’re going to face some good competition this weekend and hopefully that can give them confidence in a close match.”
Alissa Winner and Erica Sher also moved up to play No. 3 doubles, responding with a 6-0, 6-3 victory.
Miles and Seltsam survived a slow start at No. 1 doubles, losing the first two games of the match before winning 6-2, 6-4 as Rock Bridge’s top four players rested.