Armstrong tennis gets off to 3-4 start

Sports Editor

The Armstrong girls tennis team is in the midst of a rebuild after losing many quality seniors after the 2016 season.

Armstrong sophomore Nicole Snezhko swings through a serve during the Falcons’ 5-2 match loss to St. Louis Park Aug. 30. (Sun Post staff photo by Chris Chesky)

With just two seniors on the varsity roster, the nucleus of the Falcons is made up on juniors and sophomores, with sophomore top singles player Nicole Snezhko and No. 2 singles player Mallory Lithun leading the way.

Armstrong got off to a good start to its season Aug. 22, as the Falcons cruised to a 7-0 win over Irondale in their season opener.

The Falcons then went 1-2 in the Lakeville South tournament and took third-place. In the decisive 4-3 win over Holy Angels in the third-place match, Kathryn Hanks (6-4, 7-5), the first doubles team of Sarah Appelen and Kaitlin Moe (6-3, 6-2), the second doubles team of Otti Brueshaber and Renae Brunner (7-6, 6-4) and the third doubles team of Sara Swenson and Nouchee Xiong (7-5, 7-6) picked up key victories.

Armstrong fell to 2-3 on the season with a 5-2 loss to Maple Grove Aug. 24. Lucia Sculati and the third doubles team of Savanna Peterson and Alix Anderson (7-6, 6-4) picked up the wins in the match loss.

The Falcons improved to 3-3 with a 4-3 win over Centennial. Snezhko (6-1, 6-1), Lithun (6-1, 6-1), Moe (6-2, 6-2) and Kathy Stoykova (6-4, 6-0) picked up wins for the Falcons.

Armstrong, in its most recent action, fell 5-2 to St. Louis Park Aug. 30. Snezhko and Lithun picked up key wins for the Falcons in the match loss.

Armstrong will play next against Champlin Park at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Armstrong High School.

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