Mercy’s tennis team had a dominating win over South Sioux City on Monday, April 4. After rain storms cancelled and postponed several matches, the Monarchs were eager to return to Churchich Park. Thankfully, the weather cooperated, making the match a pleasant experience for all of the spectators. Additionally, the absence of wind was very appreciated by all of the athletes.
The match began earlier than usual in anticipation of South Sioux City’s long drive home. Varsity held a traditional team huddle and prayer before meeting the opposing team. Both lineups were announced by the coaches, and the singles players took the courts. Junior Elanore Slavik represented Mercy at #1 Singles and Senior Lindsey Wessling played #2 Singles. Sarah Day ‘23, Grace Larsen ‘22, Grace Weber ‘23, and Maeve Crowley ‘22 also participated in individual matches. After six successful singles matches, the doubles teams took the court.
While South Sioux City put up a solid fight, the Cardinals were shown no mercy. The Monarchs recorded a clean sweep, finishing with a final team score of 9-0.
Immediately following the varsity match, the JV team took the courts. In another outstanding performance, the younger team also finished with a team score of 9-0. Amidst the excitement of successful competition, the Monarchs displayed great sportsmanship throughout the entire match. Coach Sue Sloboth encourages her team with the idea that real winners display kindness on and off the court. While tennis is mostly an individual sport, each team member supported the collective Mercy team by attentively watching each other’s matches throughout the afternoon.
Tennis season is off to a great start and with many more matches left, the teams are eager to compete and improve their skills. Come out and support Mercy’s tennis team at their home matches this week! The Monarchs face Brownell Talbot on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. and Bennington on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Always remember, life is better on the court.