By Mike Phillips
Sacred Heart not only beat the Carrollton Trojan tennis team Monday at the Liberty Park courts, they kicked the galloping white steeds that they rode into town on right out from underneath them.
After winning two of the three doubles matches, the Gremlins swept all six singles matches for an 8-1 win under sunny skies at home. The Gremlins snapped a two-match losing streak and improved to 2-5 on the season.
One prognosticator told this reporter over the weekend that the Gremlins had no chance of beating Carrollton.
“That may have been in the past, but things change you know,” said first-year Sacred Heart tennis coach Cindy Schneider.
The match started with the doubles events. At #1 doubles, Sacred Heart’s Ky Oh and Sean Ki won 10-5. At # 2 doubles, the Gremlins’ Jay Kim and Chris Stratton won 10-3 but at # 3 doubles, Sacred Heart’s Grace Callis and Erin Keethler fell 10-8 but the Gremlins led 2-1 after doubles.
That turned out to be the only match the Trojans won the rest of the match.
Sacred Heart, who had lost to Warrensburg and Fulton in their previous two matches, quickly took command in singles.
Oh whipped Luke Polen 10-3 in the No. 1 singles match. Ki rolled to a 10-6 win over Bryan Phillips and the Gremlins took a 4-1 lead in the match and needed just one more win in the final four singles match to win the dual.
They more than got the job done. Kim walloped Ethan Smyres 10-1 to clinch the dual win for the Gremlins. Stratton shutout Brock Pettigrew 10-0. Callis rolled to a 10-1 win over Jared Elliot and Keethler wrapped up the match with a 10-4 win in the final singles match
Stratton, a sophomore, displayed an explosive first serve but straggled to keep it in play.
“Some days he gets it in and other days he doesn’t,” said Schneider. “Yeah, he’s got a good serve and so do Ky and Sean.”
The Gremlins were back on the road Tuesday; with a match at Columbia Independent with the temperatures expect to soar into the middle 80s. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.