Park girls tennis impresses in debut

Neil Patrick Healy
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Park’s Kodie Vondra, left, serves while her doubles partner Sylvie Schoenen waits for play to resume during Park’s match against Whitehall and Broadwater, Tuesday at the tennis courts at Sacajawea Park.

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Park High girls tennis got off to a fast start Tuesday, beginning its season with impressive wins over Whitehall and Broadwater.

The Rangers’ top singles players rolled through their competition, with Taylor Walker and Reagan Smith winning in straight sets in both matches. Walker beat Broadwater’s Jess Barnett 6-3, 6-4 and Whitehall’s Kyeli Ostler 7-5, 6-2, while Smith topped Broadwater’s Amanda Bergstad 6-3, 6-2 and Whitehall’s Evelin Dove 6-2, 6-3.

Not to be topped, all three of Park’s doubles teams won their matches. Katherine Kant and Bobi Lima, the Rangers’ No. 1 doubles team, beat Broadwater’s Leia Schritz and Becca Larson in straight sets, 6-3 and 7-5, and Whitehall’s Ostler and Dove 6-3, 4-6, 10-4.

Park’s No. 2 and doubles team, Sylvie Schoenen and Kodie Vondra, came out on top in both matches, only losing one set. The No. 3 team, Azalea Vance and Isabella Davis, also only lost one set.

Head coach Kandy Chain was out of town for the match, but assistant coach Lloyd Chain led the team through its first matches of the season and he liked what he saw.

“I was really proud of our girls,” he said. “We had some tough matches, but we didn’t give up. Some of the matches we were down but we fought back to win. This was a very positive showing for our first match of the season.”

Park’s next match will be April 20 at Hardin.