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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Immaculata tennis wins three in home invite

  • The Lady Raiders hosted several potential regional opponents on Tuesday and ended up in fifth out of five teams.
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  • The Lady Raiders hosted several potential regional opponents on Tuesday and ended up in fifth out of five teams. Sabetha won the invite with 31 points. KCC, Maranatha and Ottawa got second through fourth. Liz Lee was the lone medalist for the Lady Raiders as she placed third in the No. 2 singles division with a 2-2 record on the day. “Liz continues to improve in her ground strokes, while adding more and more overheads and some additional net play to her game,” said Immaculata head coach Manuel Hernandez. “She is primarily a baseline hitter, but she is slowly gaining confidence and coming to the net more.” Priscila Hernandez and Elena Nine won a match in No. 2 doubles, but were unable to break the medal line. “Priscila and Elena are working to hold their No. 2 doubles position, and every game is an improvement in their play and effort,” Hernandez said. “Priscila is showing great improvement with her serves and she continues to stroke the ball very well from baseline to baseline. Elena is getting more consistent, but still needs to work on racquet positioning and prepping herself for a ball to come back over.” Sydney Simek and the doubles team of Abby Meirose and Olivia Theus each finished 0-4 on the day. “Sydney continues to hit the ball well when she has her head in the game,” Hernandez said. “She allows point losses or mistakes to bother her too much, and she continues to need to work on her movement, food and racquet preparation, and being prepared for returned balls at all times.” Immaculata's next match is Saturday at Mill Valley. “The girls continue to improve all around, and we still have some work to do before regionals,” Hernandez said. “I was especially pleased with Liz closing out her two wins, as well as her ground stoke movement and consistency. Sydney just need to keep her focus and hit the ball, rather than allow her opponents to get balls back.”

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