Although their record currently stands at 0-11 overall after getting swept Thursday, April 15, by visiting Northwest Christian Academy, Sedona Head Coach Tom Cadigan sees the improvement.
“It’s been really cool to see these girls improve like they have. It’s been a fun team to coach,” Cadigan said Thursday after the match.
Out of 12 girls on the tennis team for the Scorpions, five of them are sophomores and the rest are freshmen.
There’s no doubt the growing pains are taking their toll, but Cadigan believes these kids can get through it.
In meet one of a doubleheader Thursday, sophomore Katie Furlong and her sophomore doubles partner Gem Boehm-Reifenkugel defeated their Northwest Christian opponents in No. 2 Lauren Bell and Caty Martina, 10-7.
The doubles victory wound up being the only win for Sedona in meet one, with the Scorpions losing 8-1.
Meet two of the day, the second of the doubleheader, was most of the same as the Scorpions lost
8-1, winning a doubles match once again.
Furlong and sophomore Mckenzie Moore teamed up to down Northwest Christian’s
No. 1 doubles team, defeating Alissa Cerahlo and Desi Concepicion, 8-3.
Going back to meet one in singles play, Sedona’s No. 5 freshman Savannah Heit gave her opponent fits but eventually lost, 10-6.
At No. 3, sophomore Abby Parella lost 10-4, while No. 1 Furlong lost her match, 10-2.
In doubles, Parella and Moore teamed up but suffered a tough 10-6 defeat, then watched as Heit and sophomore Sarah Brown lost an even tougher match, 10-8.
In meet two, Moore was the No. 1 tennis player and came up short, losing 8-4, while Heit’s match at No. 5 ended with the same result, losing 8-4.
“I know the scores don’t show it, but slowly but surely these girls are getting better and it’s exciting,” Cadigan said.
The Scorpions have only two meets left on the schedule with Phoenix Christian Academy coming to town Monday,
April 19. Results were unavailable at press time.
Sedona will end the regular season with a meet against Bourgade Catholic High School on Thursday, April 22, in Sedona.
Official start time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Boys on a Roll
The boys tennis team for Sedona got the day off Thursday since Northwest Christian only has a girls team, but that shouldn’t stop any momentum built by the Scorpions this season.
Through 10 meets, Sedona is 9-1, having lost only to Mingus Union High School at the beginning of the season.
Players like juniors Keaton Cross and Jade Lewis carry the Scorpions while sophomore Ian O’Heir, junior Nate Sweet and freshmen Steven Sunburge and Cody Chartier continue to improve.
“Our boys look real good. It will be interesting to see what happens when regionals and state come around,” Cadigan said.
Sedona did play Monday against Phoenix Christian, but results were unavailable at press time.
The Scorpions will host Bourgade Catholic tomorrow, pairing with the girls in the season finale.