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Trailblazers Sweep Kaskaskia

Article by: Jim Hunstein, jhunstein@lc.edu
The women’s tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak with a decisive 9-0 win over Kaskaskia College on March 31. This brings the Trailblazers’ overall record to 4-6 but 2-0 in Region 24 competition.

“We’re finally getting some good weather,” said Head Coach Jim Hunstein. "That has certainly helped us. There was a very challenging wind out there today, but the women stayed focused and adapted well to the conditions.”

The match began auspiciously, with both Lewis and Clark doubles teams having their serve broken to start the day. But that would be the last game the #2 doubles team of sophomore Taylor Stevenson and freshman Nikki Steiner, both from Troy, would lose, going on to an 8-1 win. The #1 doubles team of sophomore Claire Morrissey (Alton) and freshman Mel Schlaeger (Hanau, Germany) fought through for an 8-5 victory.

Conversely, all four singles matches started off 3-0 for the Trailblazers on their way to straight set wins. Due to roster issues, Kaskaskia only fielded four players, giving Lewis and Clark three default wins.

Next up for the Trailblazers is another Region 24 match as they host Rend Lake College at the Andy Simpson Tennis Complex on April 1 at 3 p.m.

Following are the Kaskaskia match results:
1D: Mel Schlaeger/Claire Morrissey (LC) def. Lucy Berlamga/Elle Wells (KC); 8-5
2D: Taylor Stevenson/Nikki Steiner (LC) def. Kylie Ammerman/Amanda Jourdan (KC); 8-1
3D: Alex Dennis/Merle Bitter (LC) won by default
1S: M. Schlaeger (LC) def. L. Berlamga (KC); 6-2, 6-4
2S: C. Morrissey (LC) def. K. Ammerman (KC); 6-0, 6-0
3S: T. Stevenson (LC) def. A. Jourdan (KC); 6-0, 6-0
4S: N. Steiner (LC) def. E. Wells (KC), 6-0, 6-1
5S: Abby Mundel (LC) won by default 
6S: A. Dennis (LC) won by default