Maryville tennis continued to roll this week, picking up another team victory Sept. 17 against Trenton.
The night was particularly special for the Spoofhound seniors, who, on their Senior Night, defeated Trenton 7-2. The victory propelled the ‘Hounds to a 5-0 team record to start the season. Despite the hot start, the ‘Hounds remained focused on the end result to the season, according to Maryville senior Kamryn Gastler.
“We feel great starting off really well, but we are still taking everything one match at a time and focused on the end result, not how we start,” Gastler said. “We just focus on one opponent at a time and radiate positivity.”
Gastler won both her matches including a doubles match with freshman standout Athena Groumoutis 8-5 and No. 4 singles 8-1. As a senior, winning on Senior Night was special according to Gastler, not only for herself, but for her team as well.
“It was great that we could come out with the win on such a special night,” Gastler said. “We have 11 seniors this year, which is a lot for tennis.”
Gastler was not the only senior to achieve victory on Senior Night however, as her fellow seniors Cayren Barnett, Emma Webb-Kirkpatrick, Morgan Goodridge and Chiara Ghera all compiled victories on their special night. Goodridge, who won her No. 1 singles match against Trenton’s Emma Gilham 8-3, said that the emotions of Senior Night hit everyone hard.
“We have so many seniors this year, so last night really hit all of us kind of hard,” Goodridge said. “For me I never realized how close to being done with my senior year I am.”
Webb-Kirkpatrick was also emotional about Senior Night, realizing that the end of her high school career was coming to a close. But she knows there is still some time left.
“It really opened my eyes to the fact that this year and this season are flying by,” Webb-Kirkpatrick said. “It did make me a little emotional realising my high school tennis career is almost over, but not yet.”
Webb-Kirkpatrick defeated Trenton’s Kendall Crowley in the closest match of the afternoon, 8-5. She was paired with Ghera for the first time this season in a doubles match winning 8-5. Barnett was able to win her match by a score of 8-1, capping the ‘Hounds victory.
The win against Trenton was a huge step, as the Bulldogs have been their biggest competitor, including knocking Maryville out of district play last season.
The ‘Hounds traveled to Savannah Sept. 18 for a pivotal MEC Conference matchup, with the Savages getting the win 5-3, and with it, handing Maryville their first team loss of the season. The final game of the match was rained out before it could be finished.
The Spoofhounds will have busy week ahead, with matches against Cameron, Sept. 20, St. Pius, Sept. 21 and the Benton Tennis Tournament Sept. 21.