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Girls tennis team begins season over weekend with three matches

To start off their 2024 season, the girls varsity tennis team played against three schools, resulting in a 2-1 record.
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Erinn Varga
Maggie Shin ’24 prepares to hit a forehand April 6.

West’s girls varsity tennis team made their return to the court Friday, ready to continue their success under Head Coach Brenda Guan. In her first season as head coach, Guan led last year’s team to qualify for both team state and individual state, ending their regular season 14-2.  

Five members returned to the team this season — Audrey Crawford ’26, Claire Hahn ’25, Delmira Jara ’24, Maggie Shin ’24 and Marie Stier ’25 — and varsity brought on five new members — Elsie Gross ’27, Sophie Singh ’27, Anna Vasi ’24, Vismitha Vuppala ’24 and Grace Wang ’27.

In their first match of the season, the girls varsity tennis team took to the road to compete against Western Dubuque April 5. The match, originally scheduled for April 2, was postponed due to rain. The team’s season debut began with a strong start, sweeping the singles and doubles matches, the latter of which comprised of an eight-game superset. 

 

Western Dubuque 

Singles

  1. Shin: 6-2, 6-4
  2. Vasi: 6-0, 6-2
  3. Singh: 6-1, 6-1
  4. Stier: 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
  5. Hahn: 6-2, 6-1
  6. Crawford: 6-4, 6-4

Doubles: 

  1. Stier/Vasi: 8-4
  2. Crawford/Singh: 8-4
  3. Hahn/Wang: 9-7

 

The next morning at 10 a.m., West took on defending team state champion Cedar Rapids Washington. For almost four hours, the teams competed, but West ultimately fell to Washington 3-6. 

 

Cedar Rapids Washington

Note: Wins are italicized.

Singles:

    1. Shin: 2-6, 1-6
    2. Vasi: 0-6, 0-6
    3. Singh: 3-6, 3-6
    4. Crawford: 2-6, 1-6
    5. Jara: 6-1, 7-5
    6. Wang: 3-6, 6-3, 12-10

Doubles:

    1. Shin/Vasi: 0-6, 0-6
    2. Crawford/Singh: 2-6, 0-6
    3. Gross/Wang: 6-3, 6-3

 

The doubles matches against Washington ended at 1:45 p.m., so West’s next match against Cedar Rapids Kennedy was pushed back from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The team once again swept 9-0 in both singles and doubles, again playing eight-game supersets for doubles. 

 

Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Singles

  1. Shin: 6-2, 6-1
  2. Singh: 6-2, 6-2
  3. Crawford: 6-0, 6-3
  4. Jara: 1-6, 6-3, 11-9
  5. Wang: 6-1, 6-4
  6. Gross: 6-0, 6-2

Doubles:

  1. Shin/Singh: 8-3
  2. Crawford/Jara: 8-6
  3. Gross/Wang: 8-1

 

West will return to their home courts April 9 to take on Dubuque Hempstead and travel to Linn-Mar April 11.

 

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(she/her) Marie Stier is a Junior at West High and she is excited for her second year on staff. She is the Feature Editor for WSS. In her free time, you can find her hammocking, doing puzzles on her porch and drinking kombucha (a recent discovery!)
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