It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for coach Tracy Kienast and his Lady Trojan tennis team, as his team hosted a new and improved St. James Lady Sharks team, and a suspended match versus East Clarendon that will be resumed when the two teams meet again on Oct.1.
The Lady Trojans dropped a 3-4 decision to the Lady Sharks on Sept. 8 with the help of some new faces for the St. James squad.
“They were very tough team to beat,” said Kienast. “Their number one seed from last year was playing at number four, and they had three foreign exchange students playing in the number one through three singles slots. St. James played very well and are much stronger this year than in the last couple of years.”
In singles play, GSF’s Kaylee Jordan (W) vs Christina Rivera 2-6, 6-1, 10-7 and Courtnee Faulk (W) vs Maaike Van Oers 6-4, 6-2, while the Lady Trojans’ Sefa Kienast fell to Amelia Brichzin 3-6, 0-6,Hali Hutchinson vs Bailey Rabon (W) 0-6, 6-7 (0-7) and Emmy Kienast vs Melissa Iczkowski (W) 1-6, 5-7
In doubles play, the GSF duo of Jordan/Faulk (W) vs Rivera/Rabon 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 and
Carlyse Major/Chance Caulder vs Chelsea Lewis/Katrina Gallo (W) 2-6, 3-6.
Rival Johnsonville hosted the Lady Trojans on Sept. 15 with both teams 3-1 on the season. The Lady Flashes lost only one senior from last year’s team, and the experience paid off as the Lady Trojans battled to another 3-4 heartbreaker match.
GSF’s number one seed Kaylee Jordan won over Claire Stuckey 7-5, 6-1 while the Lady Trojans’ number two singles, Courtnee Faulk bested JHS’s McKenzie Williamson 6-2, 7-5.
The Lady Trojan’s Sefa Kienast lost to Tate Cook 6-3, 6-7 (9-11) in an awesome tiebreaker that just didn’t go the Trojan’s way at the end, falling 6-10. Hali Hutchinson lost to Jenna Stone 1-6, 1-6 and
Emmy Kienast lost to Abbi Prosser 5-7, 0-6 to cap the singles play.
The GSF doubles team of Jordan and Faulk continued its run in a win over Stuckey/Williamson 6-0, 6-7 (5-7), 11-9 while GSF’s Carlyse Major and Chance Caulder lost to Emily Eaddy/Madison Britton 2-6, 3-6 at number two doubles.
The Lady Trojans bounced back on Sept. 16 as the team hosted the Loris Lady Lions. The Lady Lions several players from last season and new Lady Lions tennis coach Lynn Holt has begun the rebuilding process with some experience in the top three seeds and young returning talent.
The Lady Trojans took the match 7-0, with Kaylee Jordan besting LHS’s Brianna Gerald 6-3, 6-0 in number one singles, while the Lady Lion Savannah Ward fell to GSF’s Courtnee Faulk 6-3, 6-0 in the number two slot. Lady Trojans’ Sefa Kienast downed Hannah Josephs 6-3,6-0, while GSF’s Hali Hutchinson dropped McKenna Archibald 6-2,6-1 and GSF’s Emmy Kienast defeated Tristen Lilly 8-0 in a pro-set match.
The Trojan doubles teams swept both matches as Jordan and Faulk downed Gerald and Ward 8-1, and Carlyse Major and Chance Caulder outscored LHS’s duo of Jayla Boone and Toni Bell 8-0.
The Lady Trojans traveled at Hannah Pamplico Tuesday, Sept. 22, and face a re-match with Johnsonville Thursday, Sept. 24.