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Neighbors Growing Together | May 25, 2017

Trojans destroy Albia

By ALLAN MANDELL, LEDGER SPORTS EDITOR | Apr 25, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Anatta Charoenkul makes a successful return on Monday in her singles match.

The Fairfield Trojan girls’ tennis team remained unbeaten after a 9-0 whipping of visiting Albia on Monday.

“I really didn’t know what to expect today against Albia,” said Trojan head coach Heidi Grunwald. “It was great to take them 9-0 — we had not done that yet this season and it certainly felt awesome. I thought we would beat them but I didn’t know that we would dominate.”

The domination started with Trojan sophomore Anatta Charoenkul at No. 1 singles. Charoenkul defeated Savannah Adams 8-0.

“It was really windy so I just stuck to my game plan,” Charoenkul said. “I just try and keep the ball inbounds, try to pick the right shots.”

Last year as a freshman, Charoenkul finished No. 2 in the state.

“I hope to qualify for state again this year,” she said. “I’d like to get as far as I did last season, and this time take the title, but it will be tough.”

Said Grunwald, “Anatta is a well-rounded player. She can serve, she can hit, she can return the ball — she can do it all.”

At No. 2 singles, Trojan Dayna Price pulled off an impressive 8-6 win over the Lady Dees’ Kenzie Curran.

Up 7-6 in the match, Price made a sensational backhand smash past Curran to lead the final game, 15-0.

“In matches, my backhand stays constant even if my forehand goes,” Price said.

With the game tied 30-30, Price showed the strength of her forehand, too.

Curran tossed over a lob, Price charged the net and — bam! Price delivered a hawkish wallop that bounced once inbounds then ricocheted off the back fence at Fairfield Middle School. Curran never had a chance.

“On that shot, the wind brought it in a little lower, so I adjusted to it,” Price said. “Smashes at the net can be terrifying because if you miss it, it’s really embarrassing. But when they work, they’re very effective.”

Although she was exhausted, recovering from sickness and an injury, Price still had enough strength to finish off the match with a serving ace.

“Dayna has improved her serve and her shot so much,” Charoenkul said. “She practiced all winter and we hit together.”

On Monday, they played together in doubles. The duo easily defeated Curran-Molly Spurgin 8-2.

In singles play, Fairfield’s Cami Schaefer, Anna Beasley, Ashley Pool and Allison Krumboltz each won their matches.

In doubles, Schaefer-Beasley defeated Savannah Adams-Sydney DeBruin (8-3) and Pool-Krumboltz beat LuLu Morgan-Sydney Flattery (8-1).

Fairfield upped its record to 6-0. The Trojans are 4-0 in Southeast Conference action.

On Monday, Fairfield’s JV squad also enjoyed success.

Trojan Abbey Gridley won her singles match and then teamed with Peyton Manley to win in doubles.

Also for Fairfield, Lynsey Finney-Lucia Van Dijk won two doubles matches.

“Our JV team is strong, too,” Charoenkul said. “Overall, our varsity team is glad we’re still undefeated.”

 

 

 

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