Girls tennis: Trojans roll past MACCRAY
BY AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- Brittin Fauskee said it was the best she’s ever played.
And she couldn’t have picked a better time for it.
A senior on Worthington’s girls tennis team, Thursday was Fauskee’s last home meet as a Trojan.
“I pondered it, but it didn’t really click until afterwards and I’m like, ‘Wow, this is it.’ It was great to win. It’s a great way to go out,” she said. “It’s pretty emotional, but I’m glad we came out on top. It’s been a great week.”
Combined with near-perfect weather and on Worthington’s Homecoming week, everything aligned for Fauskee and WHS, which came away with a 7-0 victory over MACCRAY.
“I think I played really good, I played a lot better than I ever have,” Fauskee said. “My overheads were really good. My partner and I just worked really good together. Communication was key. We just worked together. Our skills are pretty similar.”
The Trojans have been on a roll lately, winning three of their last four meets.
“I think it’s finally having more of a set lineup and being able to play where we’re at instead of shifting people around and finding where we’re best at,” WHS senior Jamie Newman said. “We finally got into a routine and set up that worked well for us.”
WHS has a number of seniors on this year’s squad, with six of the 10 players in Thursday’s lineup graduating this year, including all four singles players.
“It’s overwhelming,” senior Kelly Newman said. “I’m happy and sad at the same time. It’s my last home meet, I’m just happy to be with all the people here today.”
The Newman sisters didn’t give up many points Thursday. Kelly won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
“I think I played really well today. My serves were a little off today, but other than that, my game was pretty good,” Kelly Newman said. “I was kind of more feeling it today and I felt pretty good about it.”
Jamie Newman won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
“I thought I played really well. I got to finish points a lot at the net. I played the net very well today,” she said. “It’s bittersweet. Things are kind of slowing down and there will be less meets, but I really love having all the home meets. I’m really going to miss tennis, especially here.”
Claudia Canas won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. At No. 1 singles, Anna Kill won by injury default.
“We have a lot of seniors who have put in a lot of time and who have been year six years,” WHS head coach Mike Marquardt said. “It’s wonderful, you have Senior Night, you have a beautiful night, good competition. We had tight matches. I’m very happy with it.”
At No. 1 doubles, senior Catalina Nguyen teamed with Kessey Aljets for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Maggie Putnam and Chloe Bents won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles, while Fauskee and Cynthia Salksavath won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles.
The Trojans begin section tournament action on Tuesday.
“We have to stay focused and practice hard,” Fauskee said. “And play like it’s your last. I think that’s how we’re all playing today, playing like it’s our last meet.”