Lutheran launched a new era in Lions girls tennis March 8 by posting a 7-0 dual match win over Englewood in the season opener of the first year there will be a state tournament for Class 3A players.
“We are excited about this season because we feel we will have the opportunity to earn spots at state in Class 3A regional competition this season. This year we will be playing teams from schools about the size of Lutheran and the regionals will be much smaller,” Lions coach Mark Hollenbeck said. “Things have always been challenging for our players because we played in 4A regionals. The top two teams in regionals go to state and there were usually nine to 11 teams in Class 4A regionals, and although our individuals or doubles teams played good tennis, the numbers were against them.”
The coach said this could be a good season for Lutheran girls tennis as the team has good senior leadership, with three players who have been with the team for three years along with good young players with talent.
The Lions opened the season on a good note with the 7-0 win over Englewood. In that match Gabby Moesley, a junior, earned the No. 1 singles spot for the Lions and she posted a 6-0, 6-2 win over Englewood's Mason Lores. Teammate Clara Quevedo won the No. 2 singles match in straight sets, 6-2-6-3.
Freshman Sara Lawson made it a sweep of the singles match as she bested Maryah Hoeft in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.
The Lions No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Holm and Ali Sundrup and the No. 2 doubles team of Chloe Hollenbeck and Noraa Fort both also won in straight sets. Lutheran's No. 3 and No. 4 doubles team received forfeits.
Noraa Fort said she got into tennis because it was something fun to do with her friends.
“I love tennis,” the Lutheran junior said. “I also play softball, so tennis is very different. But I think many of my softball skills help me on the tennis court.”