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Wind challenges EHS’ serve, but not its effort

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Lady Cougars roll through host Arvada in shutout win

By Michael Hicks

ARVADA — For someone who has played doubles her entire career, it’s uncharted territory for Genevieve DeGrandchamp to play No. 2 singles for the Evergreen Lady Cougars. It’s a little weird, she said — but she’s fitting in just fine so far in 2013.
The Evergreen senior scored one of four 6-0, 6-0 victories in the Lady Cougars’ 7-0 victory over Arvada at the Arvada Tennis Center on March 21. DeGrandchamp, who defeated Arvada’s Elexis Nguyen, like a lot of her teammates put the howling wind out of her mind and just controlled what she could in making short work of the Lady Bulldogs.
“Once you get focused it’s not too bad,” DeGrandchamp said of the wind. “It’s more of a mental thing than anything.”
Also scoring 6-0, 6-0 victories were No. 3 singles Morgan Nielsen, No. 1 doubles Emily Greene and Carly Booth, and No. 4 doubles Greta Duvenhage and Dakota Rouse.
“They’re off to a great start,” Evergreen head coach Kris Nielsen said. “They did a really good job of staying focused and playing their game.”
In all, Evergreen dropped just five games against Arvada. And it did so by overcoming wind gusts that at times impacted their first serve.
“The second serve was more consistent. With the first serve, it’s just really hard to get the toss, especially with the wind. If your first serve is a lot harder, the toss is more important,” DeGrandchamp said.
Morgan Nielsen, who used the net on a majority of short-ball returns, said the wind was a factor in her serve as well. She had to make adjustments, like shortening the tops on her serves.
“I definitely think (the wind) did (play a factor). The wind always kinds of messes up my game, especially with the serve,” the Evergreen senior said.
Evergreen’s No. 1 singles player, Katherine Hardy, scored a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alex Caldura, the No. 2 doubles team of Ashley Brennan and Meghan Morrill were 6-0, 6-1 winners over Maryann Sawaged and Amber Sargent, while at No. 3 doubles Kelli Keegan and Sammi Sexton scored a 6-2, 6-0 win against Stasia Molina and Jordan Prucha.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.