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Havasu girls’ tennis bounces back in Phoenix

March 22, 2019

On one of its longest road trips of the season, the Lake Havasu girls’ tennis team was not fazed as it defeated Arcadia 8-1 on Thursday.

“I thought we came out mentally prepared to play,” said girls’ tennis head coach Greg Brueckner. “The girls did well after coming off a long road trip.”

In singles’ play, senior Hannah Jackson won her match in a decisive third 11-9 set after she fell behind in the set 8-2.

“I thought Hannah showed a lot of grit and mental toughness to win a match like that,” said Brueckner.

Elsewhere, junior Athena Ganas won her match in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) as did senior Tatum Liska (6-2, 6-2). The pair also won their double match 8-3.

Ganas remains perfect on the season with a record of 14-0, while Liska is now 13-1. The pair has yet to drop a doubles match this season for Lake Havasu (6-1).

Junior Alicia Medina improved to 6-0 this year with a win (6-1, 6-1) in both singles and doubles (8-5) with Jackson.

The boys’ team did not have the same success on Thursday however.

Arcadia handed the Knights their second straight loss with an 8-1 decision.

“They played well today, but that’s probably the toughest team on our schedule,” said Jeremy Wojcicki. “Arcadia hits the ball hard and we haven’t seen that kind of speed yet.”

Lake Havasu was shutout in singles play.

Senior Paul Baca and sophomore Troy Anderson teamed up and won their doubles match (8-6) for the Knights only win of the day.

With the win, Anderson is now 10-2 on the season.

Next week, both the girls’ and boys’ teams will have a pair of road matches. First, the Knights will face travel to face Gila Ridge on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. for a rematch from earlier this week. Then on Thursday, Lake Havasu will hit the road to take on Estrella Foothills at 3:30 p.m.