Rangers go 1-1 at Klein schools

The beginning of the team tennis season saw the Sterling Rangers open its campaign with a split of two matches on Friday.

The Rangers traveled to Klein to take on Oak Forest and Cain in back-to-back dual meets and Sterling won at the former after losing to the latter.

“Going in I scheduled this match knowing they would be a tough opponent,” Sterling head coach John Tremmel said of Cain. “I wanted my players to get top level competition this preseason to better prepare for district.”

Sterling fell to Cain, 14-5.

“We had many matches that could have gone our way,” Tremmel said.

On the girls side, the Rangers swept doubles with Caroline Wells/Abby Vincent, Graceanne Carsey/Crystal Smith, and Alaina Hafer/Priya Desai all winning convincingly while Wells and Smith won in singles.

Sterling later headed over to Oak Ridge where it won a close, 10-9 decision.

“I knew it would be tough, they are a solid team and they were playing their first match of the day,” Tremmel said. “We were also entering the competition with resting our top two boys, Ryan Jones and Dave Daymiel.”

The Rangers got most of their wins in singles as the boys swept behind victories from Stephen Mauro, Matthew Ward, Seth Dickens, Brian Ward, Cameron Pequeno and Bryce Stork.

“This was huge because the guys had a lot of pressure stepping in and filling the top spots,” Tremmel said. “They definitely delivered a clutch performance.”

Wells, Smith and Desai all won their girls singles matches to clinch the dual victory despite winning only one doubles match.

“We had a lot of positives and got to see some areas that need more focus,” Tremmel said. “The players were definitely mentally tough and gained some much-needed experience.”

Sterling continues its season Monday at Clear Falls.


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