Girl’s tennis on the rebuild

Perennial power to challenge again next year

Bella and Liz  discuss tactics with coach.

Bella and Liz discuss tactics with coach.

Tess Roberts, feature reporter

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     After consecutive winning seasons, the St. Joseph Catholic Academy girls tennis team finished 9-16 overall this past season as they began the path towards rebuilding a perennial power.

      Coming off of a 15-7 record last year and a trip to State finals, the Lady Lancers were hoping for a different outcome. With three star seniors graduated, the remaining girls had to pick it up the slack. Replacing Olivia Czerwonka at number one singles was junior Hannah Altergott.  Seniors Bella Hart and Liz Curry took over the number one doubles position, replacing Division 2 State Champions Megan Setter and Giana Apostoli.

The bright light to this otherwise challenging season was the team’s second place finish at the Metro Classic Conference meet. After going to state in previous years, the Lady Lancers were saddened that they lost at sub-sectionals: Hannah Altergott fell to Kate Smith of Prairie 6-0, 6-1. With Liz Curry sidelined with an injury, senior, Ellie Bernhardt stepped up and took her spot at number one doubles with Bella Hart. The duo were defeated by Andrea Palmen and Molly Cookman of Prairie, 6-0, 6-1.