FHS not only has the top two female tennis players in the state of Iowa with sophomore Yana Gaskell and senior Anatta Charoenkul, they have a pretty solid squad that fills the other four singles slots and 2/3 of the doubles roster.
“We did really well,” said head coach Heidi Grunwald, “even compared to the last time we played them when the No. 5 and No. 6 players went to tiebreakers.”
Coach Grunwald said it’s pretty easy to keep the girls motivated while they tend to steam roll their competition.
“We just keep working and honestly they are pretty good about staying on things and practicing,” explained the Trojan skipper. “Once in a while I have them play Yana or Anatta and they go, “Oh my god, Mrs. G!” but it’s good for them to hit against those two, but for the most part they are good about staying focused.”
Two of a kind
Gaskell and Charoenkul are self-motivated and help push each other and their teammates.
“It doesn’t take much,” said Grunwald about getting her top pair ready. “I just tell those two to hit and it’s kind of amazing to watch.”
“For most of them, we just need to make sure we are moving our feet so that we can get to the ball. Sometimes, we’re not doing that. The other thing I sometimes see is us not really hitting the ball. We might just tap it over, but those are the two big things I see,” said Coach G.
Thursday the team soundly defeated Mt. Pleasant 8-1.
No. 1 Yana Gaskell shutout the Panthers Erin Zihlman 8-0.
No.2 Trojan Anatta Charoenkul earned an 8-1 win over Hallie Sandeen.
No. 3 Nellie Higdon won 8-0 over her Mt. Pleasant opponont Shaleen Thiengmany.
No. 4 Abby Schaefer dominated Breeana Runyon 8-1.
No. 5 Tess Paton edged Sierra Barton 8-5.
No. 6 Destiny Gridley outlasted Olivia Larson 8-3.
No. 1 Charoenkul and Schaefer combined to defeat Zihlman and Sandeen 8-2.
No. 2 Gaskell paired with Higdon for a 8-0 sweep of Thiengmany/Runyon.
No. 3 Barton and Larson of Mt. P earned the lone Panther victory of the day when they beat Paton/Gridley 8-5.
The Trojans junior varsity squad won 6-3 in a rare full match.
Lauren Kraemer (F) over Anderson (MP) 6-3
Cahrina Chang (F) over Ackles (MP) 6-1
Broecker (MP) over Claire Pettit (F) 6-4
Emily Hostetter (F) over Fitzpatrick (MP) 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker)
Elias (MP) over Puja Baral(F) 2-0
Pari Nayak (F) over Phosy (MP) 3-0
Kraemer/Chang (F) over Anderson/Ackles (MP) 7-6(7-2 tiebreaker)
Pettit/Hostetter (F) over Broecker/Fitzpatrick (MP) 6-4
Elias/Phosy (MP) over Baral/Nayak (F) 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker)
At Fort Madison Tuesday