Fruita sweeps Central off courts again

For the second time in as many weeks, the Fruita Monument High School girls tennis team swept Central 7-0 in a Class 5A Southwestern League dual.

The Wildcats (3-1) didn’t lose a single set Tuesday to the Warriors (2-3) . With the sweep, Fruita has now won 14 straight individual matches.

Wildcats head coach Clint Davis was pleased to see the improvement his team has made and sees the Wildcats progressing toward regionals.

“It went great. We were missing our No. 1 doubles team and didn’t know how we would react,” Davis said. “I was interested to see how we would do and they responded great and they all played great.”

Leading the way for the Wildcats was No. 1 singles player Lindsay Henke, who beat the Warriors’ Elise Beckstead 6-4, 6-3. The match lasted about two hours with a lot good rallies between the players.

“(I was) playing her really consistent, because she is a very consistent player,” Henke said of her victory. “You just have to know when to hit the right shots.”

Davis really likes Henke’s style of play.

“I don’t think Lindsay is going to get beat unless someone hits a lot of winners against her, because she is consistent,” the coach said. “When she has a chance to hit a winner, she does.”

The most dominating performance came from No. 2 singles player Andi Kirtland, who beat Mandy Johnson 6-1, 6-3. Kirtland’s serve kept Johnson off balance and Kirtland backed up the serve with plenty of winners.

The toughest match of the day was in No. 3 singles as Janine Kirtland beat Jasmine Poeppel 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2). Poeppel injured her leg during the match, but gamely played on.

Fruita will be back on the court Thursday, when it travels to Montrose and Central plays Friday at Glenwood Springs.


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