Girls’ tennis overthrows Union

By Becky Walz,

Hitting the road Thursday afternoon, the Decorah Viking girls’ tennis team faced Union and took seven of the nine matches.

Hitting the road Thursday afternoon, the Decorah Viking girls’ tennis team faced Union and took seven of the nine matches.
“We knew going in that Union would be a test of our skill on the courts and they did not disappoint with the little practice we have had on actual outside this year due to the windy, cold conditions,” said Coach Larry Berland. “But the girls stepped up and came away with the victory.
Per usual, the No. 1 singles match was a nail-biter as Decorah’s Annalise Skrade took on Miya Uchiyama-Hansen. In the end, it was the Knight who won 8-5.
The remaining five singles matches fell in the Vikes favor as Mara Hollad defeated Laura Rempe 8-1 in the No. 2 spot. Kristi Kjome-Johnson was victorious at the No. 3 slot 8-2 over Amy Caughron. It was an easy win 8-1 for Nadia Johnson at No. 4 versus Meagan Clapp. Evon Leitz had a battle on her hands at the No. 5 spot; however, she prevailed 8-5 over Carlie Spore. Wrapping up the victories in the No. 6 spot was Allison Pavloved, 8-1, over Cora Klein.
Decorah took two out of three matches in doubles play. Teaming up at No. 1 doubles was Skrade and M. Holland for an 8-1 victory over Uchiyama-Hansen/Kaylyn Davis. Leitz paired with Haley Gossman took the No. 3 doubles win over Spore/Klein by an 8-2 margin. Fighting the good fight in the No. 2 spot were Kjome-Johnson and Paige Lange; however, they came up a little short 9-7.
The Vikings were at Charles City Monday and will be at Oelwein tonight (Tuesday, April 26), at 4 p.m. They will then prepare to host the conference tournament set for Monday, May 2, at Luther College, beginning at 9 a.m.

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