Tennis team enters final week of regular season

Jirina Flicek returns a volley during her win over an Austin player Monday, Sept. 16. To see more photos click on the Blue Button, lower right. (Chuck Kajer Photo)

The Trojan girls tennis team defeated Le Sueur-Henderson Friday, Sept. 13, in a makeup contest. The Trojans also lost three other matches during the week, to Northfield, Farmington and Austin.

            New Prague was scheduled to host Chanhassen Tuesday, Sept. 17. They will conclude their regular season with three matches, Thursday, Sept. 19, at Shakopee, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at home against Red Wing and Thursday, Sept. 26, at Chaska.


Raiders 7, Trojans 0

            New Prague lost at Northfield 7-0 Tuesday, Sept. 10.

            “Despite the overall match score, we had a lot of close games within the sets,” Coach Kyle Zellner said. “We played much better than we did the previous day (against Belle Plaine). We were aggressive, we moved our feet, and gave our opponents a variety of shots.

            “Anna Johnson had a barn burner right to the end at No. 3 singles,” Zellner said. “She was on the courts for two hours and her rallies were 15-20 balls each.  She played a great match, losing 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.”

            Other singles competitors were Deven Fennern, Jirina Flicek and Annika DuMoulin. Doubles competitors were Sarah Goblirsch/Justice Kos, Emma Zvanovec/Julianna Ryburn and Julia Bartusek/Carly Madigan.


Tigers 5, Trojans 2

            The Trojans lost a 5-2 match at Farmington Thursday, Sept. 12.

            “We battled with staying positive when things weren't going our way,” Zellner said.   “The mental side of things got to a lot of the players and they weren't able to rebound.”

            The Trojans’ No. 2 doubles team of Zvanovec and Ryburn lost their first set, but battled back to win a second set tiebreaker before winning the third set. Scores were 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

            Johnson, at No. 3 singles, had another marathon match and did a nice job of moving her opponent around, winning 6-1, 7-5.

            Flicek lost a tough first-set tiebreaker in her match.


Trojans 4, Giants 3

            New Prague bounced back with a makeup win on Friday, Sept. 13, defeating Le Sueur-Henderson 4-3.

            Winning for the Trojans were Flicek at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, Julia Bauer at No. 4 singles in her first varsity match, 7-5, 6-4, Johnson/ Goblirsch at No. 1 doubles, 3-6, 6-1, 10-1, and Bartusek/Kos at No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 6-2.

            “Jirina took charge early in the match and never looked back,” Zellner said. “She hit with power and hustled.”

            The coach also said Bauer played very well in her first varsity match. “The team score was tied 3-3 and Julia played some very patient tennis against her opponent.  She looked confident with her hitting and was able to pull out a victory and give the team the win.”

            He added that the Johnson/Goblirsch team played a solid match, taking charge of the net and putting balls away.


Packers 4, Trojans 3

            Five varsity players missed Monday’s non-conference match against Austin due to a conflict with another activity, so the Trojans fielded a makeshift lineup that nearly got the win, losing 4-3 to the Packers.

            “Our younger players did an outstanding job stepping up to the challenge,” Zellner said.

            Flicek moved up to No. 1 singles and won her match 6-1, 6-4. “She did a great job of taking charge, playing at her own pace,” Zellner said. “She hit with a variety of shots and looked very confident out there.”

            The Trojans lost the other three singles matches, with DuMoulin, Bauer and Kendra Kajer, but Zellner said he was pleased with all three girls and their efforts.

            In doubles, Goblirsch/Kos won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. “They did a great job of fighting back from the first set loss,” Zellner said. “They remained patient and let their opponents make the unforced errors. They also did a great job of setting up the serve and then putting the volley away.”

            Zvanovec/Jenna Lambrecht won 6-0, 6-0 in their first time teaming together. “They did a great job of learning each other's style of play quickly and winning points quickly,” Zellner said.

            The team of Madison Simon/Maddie Aase lost their match in three sets, with the last one going 7-5.

            “These two girls have not played together all season and did a great job at that varsity spot,” he said. “The entire team did a great job of rising to the challenge against Austin.  I'm proud of them all.”