Wildcat tennis slams home a victory


Chris Barnett

Ashlynn Gunhus, the Wildcats’ number two player, slams home a point against Oakville, Sept. 18.

Girls Varsity Tennis defeated Oakville in a home match six matches to zero, Sept. 18.

“They played well,” Mr. Jason Conley, head tennis coach said. “It’s good for the girls to get some wins to add some more confidence.”

Following a rough start to the year against two of the best teams in the state, the Wildcats were satisfied with a big home win.

“We’ve played Kirkwood and Lafayette. They’re probably going to be two of the best six teams in the state,” Coach Conley said. “I’m really proud of how they bounced back.”

On court 1, Kenna Hughes, top player, faced off with Oakville’s top player and defeated Oakville eight sets to one.

“I just tried to move the girl around,” Hughes said. “I tried to stay focused and not hit too hard.”

While Hughes was in control of her match on court 1, Ashlynn Gunhus, number two player, defeated her opponent eight sets to two.

The Wildcats won all of the other varsity singles matches.

The matches included:

  • an 8-6 victory by Elizabeth Moeller, number three player
  • an 8-6 victory by Monica G’Sell, the team’s number four player
  • an 8-5 victory by Allyssa Unnerstall, the team’s number five player
  • a dominant 8-1 triumph by Leah Rundquist, number six player

The Wildcats smashed Oakville’s top six players.

Coach Conley was pleased with the team’s win and with different aspects of each individual’s game.

“Their ability to hit the ball deep [in the other player’s zone],” Coach Conley said. “They’re also volleying really well, and the serves look pretty good.”

The elements added an extra challenge  for the Wildcats.

“It was pretty windy today,” Coach Conley said. “That’s a challenge we haven’t had to face at all this year.”

Despite all of the factors that included a little bit of rain, some wind and some tough opponents, the Wildcats took a clean sweep in all of their varsity singles matches, Sept. 18.

The next match for the Wildcats is at home against Rockwood Summit, Sept. 26.