By Kelly Velander
The Mound Westonka High School girls tennis team has had a busy couple of weeks with three matches and a weekend tournament. The girls traveled to the Chaska tennis courts on Aug. 28 and pulled off a 4-3 win.
Winning for the White Hawks were senior captain Alex Welty, first singles, 6-1, 6-2; seventh-grader Savannah Paul, fourth singles, 6-4, 6-2; the second doubles team junior captain Grace Peterson and senior Kali Wirth, 6-2, 6-3; and the third doubles team of senior Claire Russick and sophomore Ellerie Anderson, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). The JV team also won 5-2.
The White Hawks hosted the Orono Spartans the next day, Aug. 29, and were defeated 0-7. Welty, again at first singles, had a close tie-breaking match, 6-1, 5-7 (3-10), but could not pull off the win against a tough competitor. JV lost to Orono as well.
After coming off a tough loss and some rest over the Labor Day weekend, the girls came back strong with a 6-1 conference win over Glencoe-Silver Lake on Sept. 5 at the Panthers’ tennis courts. All four singles players won their matches by a landslide: Welty, first singles, 6-0, 6-0; freshman Kate Velander, second singles, 6-0, 6-0; freshman Sara Funderburk, third singles, 6-0, 6-0; and Paul, again at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-0. The doubles teams also had stellar matches: second doubles team of Peterson and Wirth, 6-0, 6-0; third doubles team of Russick this time with sophomore Coco Sir, 6-0, 6-0; and fourth doubles team of junior Avery Finck and sophomore Megan Mattson, 6-4, 6-0. The JV team also won 7-0.
During the Glencoe-Silver Lake match, Welty surpassed Arend Turner (’14) to achieve her 115th career varsity victory. Welty is now the winningest player in Mound Westonka tennis history. Coach Rob Paul stated, “Alex started as a seventh-grader in 2014; since that time, she has won at least 20 varsity matches in every season – that consistent, high level of play is truly remarkable!”
The varsity girls hosted a three-school tournament at the Westonka courts against Fairmont and Southwest Christian on Sept. 7. The White Hawks won 4-3 against both Fairmont and Southwest Christian to take first place overall with many players adding wins to their records.
Washburn hosted the JV-B team on Aug. 29 in which the girls came away with a 12-1 win. All the girls played doubles, sweeping every match, and five girls played singles as well, winning four out of five singles matches. JV-B played New Prague on the home courts Sept. 5, losing 4-8. Team members winning both their matches were junior Lily Sipprell and sophomore Morgan Witte.