Tennis team struggles at home tourney

The New Prague Trojan girls tennis team lost to Mound Westonka 6-1 last week, then placed eighth of eight teams in the New Prague Invitational.

            Matches with Bloomington Kennedy and Le Sueur-Henderson were postponed due to the weather. No makeup date has been set for either match.

            The Trojans are scheduled to face Jordan on Thursday, Aug. 29. They host Holy Angels on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Whitehawks 6, Trojans 1

            The Trojans traveled to Mound Westonka and lost 6-1 to the Whitehawks.

            Jirina Flicek got the only point for the Trojans, winning at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 1-6, 10-7, with the third set played as a super tie-breaker.

            “Jirina showed patience with her opponents and had some long rallies,” Coach Kyle Zellner said. “She did a great job of moving her feet to get to the ball.”

            Deven Fennern, Annika DuMoulin and Kendra Kajer lost in singles, as did all three doubles teams, Sarah Goblirsch/Justice Kos, Emma Zvanovec/Julianna Ryburn, and Helena Johnson/Julia Bartusek.

            “In doubles we struggled with getting the ball past Mound's net players.  They served and volleyed everything and we had a hard time adjusting to that,” Zellner said.

New Prague Invitational

            The Trojans hosted the New Prague Invitational Saturday, Aug. 24, and placed eighth.

            Princeton won the championship with 36 points, followed by Hopkins (29), Lakeville South (24), United South Central (15.5), Roseau (14.5) Glencoe-Silver Lake (13), St. Paul Central (8.5) and New Prague (6.5).

            The Trojans’ top placings were Flicek at No. 2 singles and Emma Meyer and Julianna Ryburn at No. 2 doubles, both finishing fourth.

            Flicek opened with a 6-4, 6-4 win over St. Paul Central, then lost to Princeton and Hopkins.

            Meyer and Ryburn opened with a win over Roseau, then lost to Hopkins and Glencoe-Silver Lake.

            Flicek went 1-2 at No. 1 singles. None of the other Trojan entries won a match.

            “Overall, we would have definitely liked to have had a better showing today,” Zellner said. “The girls faced some tough competition, but we just need to continue to fine tune our strokes and movement in the game.”

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