Pioneers sweep Titans in first conference match of the season

The Hill-Murray Pioneers opened the 2015 Metro East Conference season with a trip to Tartan for a girls tennis match Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Every one of the seven matches went the minimum of two sets, with the Pioneers winning the match by a 7-0 score over Tartan.

Tartan veteran coach Larry Fronczak stated, "We play OK on points, but we don't put a lot of them together. Our kids have improved, but we still have a long ways to go.

"We don't match up to those teams who have a lot of talent out there. Hill-Murray has a first singles player who has had lot of training. So we're facing teams who have a lot of experience and training, which our kids haven't had. We work hard and eventually we'll get there."

Hill-Murray coach Steve Martin said of the meeting with Tartan, "It was a good match. It was a good first conference win for us. We are now 3-2 and headed in the right direction.

"We have pretty much a senior group. We have seven seniors who don't have a lot of experience at the varsity level. But they work hard, and they are a good bunch of kids who are fun to work with." 

At first singles freshman Monica Zink stopped Tartan sophomore Sierra Kargbo 6-1, 6-0; second singles player Laura Stehler (12th grade) won over Tartan's Paige Pariseau-Day (12th) 6-0, 6-0; third singles shot-maker Morgan Hohn (11th) outshot Tartan's Ashley Howard (12th) 6-4, 6-2; and at fourth singles the Pioneers' Eleanor Winges (7th) shut out Cassidy Klinkhamer (10th) in two sets of 6-0.

Moving into first doubles play, the Hill-Murray duo of Allison McElvain (10th) and Carly Heller (12th) downed Tartan's Cali Pearcy (11th) and Maddie Ciolkosz (11th); second doubles pair from Hill-Murray Mari Johnson (12th) and Laura Anderson (12th) overcame Tartan's Cali Pearcy (11th) and Maddie Cilkosz (11th); and at third doubles the Pioneers' Mika Pedro (12th) and Payton Cahill (7th) overcame the Titans' sisters Sakinah Muhammad (11th) and Dariyah Muhammad (11th) by 6-1, 6-2.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at or at 651-748-7826.


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