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Waseca sweeps New Ulm tennis

September 25, 2012
Daniel Kerwin - Journal Sports Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - Three weeks ago, New Ulm girls' tennis team members Mattea Sievert, Sicily Trullinger and Miriam Jakel were going about their normal pre-match routines, waiting their turn to play in the Eagles' match-up against Waseca.

However, all three had their day of tennis ended before it could even start.

Just as the first round of matches were about to wrap up, rain halted play. After it became apparent the conditions wouldn't improve, the entire match-up was postponed.

"I was ready to play, and I was kind of sad that I didn't get to play at all," Sievert said. "I kind of enjoyed it though, getting another week of practice in."

Monday finally saw the resumption of the match-up, with the Bluejays winning all five suspended matches. The visitors ended up earning a 7-0 sweep when Sievert and Trullinger lost at No. 3 doubles to Maddy Knoll and Katie Tlusty (6-0, 6-0) and Jakel fell at No. 4 singles to Anna Hoehn (6-0, 6-1).

"It kind of threw me off guard," Jakel said of the postponement. "I was ready to play them, but then I then just kind of sat in a car for half an hour and then didn't go. But it didn't really make a difference when I played them, it probably would have been the same outcome."

Some of the suspended matches ended in quick order, with Laura Albrecht (6-2, 6-0 loss to Abby Collins at No. 1 singles) and the pair of Gracelyn Sarkar and Emma Vranich (6-0, 6-0 loss to Bailey Krueger and Olivia McIntosh at No. 2 doubles) playing only two games apiece on Monday.

The rest of the singles action saw Jennifer Martins lose 6-1, 6-0 to Alicia Knoll at No. 2 and Maya Sarkar fall to Maddie Muotka 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3.

Hannah Jakel and Marissa Johnson played the closest match for the Eagles. Jakel and Johnson held a 2-0 lead in the second set at No. 1 doubles when the match was postponed, but ended up falling 6-3, 6-4 to the Waseca duo of Abbe Hoehn and Shanly Nelson.

Despite playing at a number of positions throughout the season - including No. 2 singles and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles - Miriam Jakel said that she has become comfortable playing at the No. 4 singles position. Jakel was outclassed on Monday by her opponent's power returns and pinpoint placement, but overall she has been happy with her progress this season.

"I'd say I've improved a lot," Miriam Jakel said. "I wasn't even on varsity last year, so being thrown into that whole jumble is a little bit interesting the first couple of meets, but afterwards I think I kind of hit my stride and got more comfortable."

Sievert and Trullinger have also played different positions during the year, but they have spent most of the season playing as a team.

"She's fun - we have a lot of inside jokes together, so that's always fun," Trullinger said of Sievert. "We're used to each other, so we have fun."

Sievert and Trullinger's youth showed through in their loss on Monday (Sievert is a freshman and Trullinger an eighth grader), but both players exhibited some of the improvements they have made throughout the season.

"My last game for serving, I really enjoyed having those serves, those were my best serves I've had all season," Sievert said.

New Ulm's regular season will wrap up this week with an away meet today at St. James, a home meet against Worthington on Thursday and the South Central Conference meet Saturday at Waseca.

"It's kind of sad in a way, because I really like playing tennis... I just can't wait til next year," Trullinger said. "I'm going to try to encourage more girls to go into tennis."



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