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By Alex Fox, Xavier senior
CEDAR RAPIDS – The Xavier boys’ and girls’ tennis teams started their seasons earlier this month, with varying results.
Both teams opend against Iowa City High on April 2. The boys’ started strong, beating The Little Hawks, 8-1. The Saints beat City High in five of the six singles matches, getting wins from seniors Bill Young, Grant Hunt and Mitch Steffensmeier, junior Kyle D’mello, and sophomore Ben Curley.
The girls’ team, however, was not able to find success, falling at City High, 8-1. The Saints’ lone win came from junior Devin Hayes. The girls then took on Waterloo Columbus on April 4, looking to rebound from their opening loss. The Saints fell just short, losing the match 5-4. Juniors Emma Deignan and Devin Hayes won their singles and doubles match.
The boys and girls both were in action on April 6 against conference foes.
The boys’ team had matches in Dubuque against Senior and Wahlert. The Saints earned the sweep, beating Senior 5-4 and Wahlert 6-3. Steffensmeier, Hunt and senior Zach Schowalter won both of their singles matches to lead the Saints.
“We’ve done well so far this season and since we will compete in 1A this year, we think we have a good shot at state,” Hunt said.
The girls’ team scored its first wins of the season, defeating Dubuque Wahlert 6-3 and Dubuque Senior 7-2. Hayes, Emma Deignan, and sophomore Claire Bouchard beat both of their opponents in singles play. Sophomores Allison Jasper and Jeanne Bouchard also picked up a win in singles.
“Our goal this season is to make it to state, and I really think that this year’s team is capable of that,” junior Kylie DeWees said.
Both teams have a meet scheduled for Saturday against Cedar Falls. The girls will be at Cedar Falls, the boys at Xavier.