Boys and girls tennis dominates City

Both the boys and girl tennis teams made the short trip down the street to the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center to take on their cross-town rival City High on April 29.


Owen Aanestad

Ella De Young ’23 eyes the ball as she waits to take a swing against City High at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center on April 29.

Owen Aanestad, Online Editor-In-Chief

As the only high school in the state able to claim the best boys and girls tennis teams so far, for the first time all season, both teams had a chance to showcase their talents not only at the same place but against cross-town rival City High. Head Coaches Mitch Gross and Amie Villarini and their boys and girls tennis teams faced off with the Little Hawks on April 29 as they both looked to stay undefeated.

The girls tennis team got right back to what they have been doing all year: winning. Villarini’s squad swept City 9-0 to improve to 12-0 overall. Ella De Young ’23 took home an easy win in two sets 6-1, 6-1, and sophomore Zola Gross took down City High’s Arabella Nelson ’22 in two sets as well 6-1,6-1.  Sisters Julianna Mascardo ’23 and Caroline Mascardo ’22 finished the meet strong in doubles with a 6-0, 6-0 two-set win to take home another commanding win.

Fresh off his 300th career win Gross led the boys tennis team to yet another win over the Little Hawks 9-0 at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center as the team prepares for another run at the state championship. Senior Eli Young made it look easy in the one’s match with a two get win 6-0,6-0. Doubles partners Shivy Mannengi ’23 and Patrick Selby ’24 made an exciting finish in the last match of the night when they went on to win the three’s matchup 6-1,7-6 and 8-6 in the tiebreaker. Mannengi’s and Selby’s win sealed the deal on the Trojans’ singles and doubles sweep.

Both the girls and boys tennis team will be back in action next Tuesday, May 4 against Cedar Rapids Xavier.