Glenwood girls tennis 3-1 after sweep of Harlan

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Glenwood girls swept Harlan 9-0 in a Hawkeye 10 Conference tennis dual last Tuesday.

The Rams won six of their singles matches and then followed that up with dominating play in the doubles portion, allowing just four total points in the three matches.

Glenwood is 3-1 on the season.

No. 1 – Ons Souissi, G, defeated Alissa Andersen, H, 8-1.
No. 2 – Rachel Tucker, G, defeated Madison Forsyth, H, 8-3.
No. 3 – Grace Newman, G, defeated Katie DuVal, H,  8-1.
No. 4 – Montana Crow, G, defeated Lindsey Greer, H, 8-4.
No. 5 – Jana King, G, defeated Tersa Arkfeld, H, 8-0.
No. 6 – Maggie Finnegan, G, defeated Taylor Fah, H, 8-4.
No. 1 – Tucker/Newman, G, defeated Andersen/Duval, H, 8-2.
No. 2 – Souissi/Crow, G, defeated Forsyth/Greer, H, 8-0.
No. 3 – King/Finnegan, G, defeated Arkfeld/Fah, H 8-2.

Rams dominate at Shen tourney
The Glenwood girls tennis team put on a record-breaking performance April 6 as they swept the Shenandoah Filly Invitational in all four divisions.  

Returning state qualifiers Rachel Tucker and Grace Newman won the No. 11 doubles bracket shutting out Council Bluffs St. Albert 6-0, 6-0 and then beat Shenandoah in the final 6-4, 6-2.  

“Grace showed tremendous team dedication as she opted out of a prestigious all star basketball game to play with her teammate Tucker,” said Glenwood coach Jim Tucker.  Newman also recovered quickly from a bloody nose suffered at practice Friday when she took a shot to the face from five feet away.”

Newman’s injury wasn’t the Rams’ only ailment. No. 1 singles player Ons Souissi slammed her right hand in a car door and was unable to even swing a racquet that night.  But Souissi bounced back Saturday and played despite the swelling and pain to cruise to victory in the final 6-0, 6-2.

The Rams best set of the day may have been Montana Crow’s first round victory over Emma Christensen, 6-4. Crow then went on to win easily in the second set 6-1 and then beat Joni Thomas of Council Bluffs St. Albert in the final 6-1, 6-3.  

Jana King was terrific for the Rams as she lead her doubles team to victory.  

“King, playing with first time varsity player Megan McKirn, showed real leadership as she controlled the baseline to beat Denison’s doubles team,” said Tucker. “Megan really shook off the nerves to play solid at the net.”