Sporting WCA

Girls Tennis District Recap

The Westminster Tennis team just wrapped up their season, and it was more abruptly than most would have thought.

There was plenty of hype surrounding the team, seniors Caroline Hinrichs and Maggie Kurop, both solid players, brought experience as well as talent. The rest of the squad included juniors Kylie McKee, Hattie Means, and Alicia Hu, as well as freshman ace Izzy Cancilla.

The Tennis Cats has some big highs this season, and was excited headed into districts. The first match as a team was against Parkway West, which they won 5-3. “It was a super close match,” senior captain Maggie Kurop said, “our #2 and #3 doubles teams won, but our #1 lost.” Maggie and Alicia came back from being down 1-4 and won a seven point tiebreak to close it out, giving the team a 2-1 lead going into singles. Hu won in straight sets, Caroline and Izzy both lost the first set, but came back to split, then won the third. Izzy’s third set came down to a seven point tiebreak at 6-6, and she was able to throw it out.

After defeating Parkway West, the Wildcats took on Lafayette. The Lancers proved a tough task for the Wildcats, as Westminster went 1-2 in doubles, and after Lafayette gained the momentum they never let go.

Unfortunately the Wildcats fell prey to the Lancers in the 2017 season, but they look to come back stronger next year. “Districts didn’t go very well, our team tried really hard. I was upset that the our competition beat us and everyone was sad our season ended.” Freshman star Izzy Cancilla said. When she was asked why she is looking forward to next season Izzy said, “I want our team to go to state, and eat the beef.” Eat the beef is a phrase the tennis team uses which means to beat MICDS, one of Westminster’s toughest opponents in many sports.

In the end, the tennis team had a great season, but fell short of their end goals. With the returning fire power the girls will have next year, they look to make a serious run come next September.