Breezing past districts, tennis climbs to sectionals

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Derek Wang

Clare Maruizi plays against Holt High School Wednesday. Photo by Randi Obermiller
Clare Maruizi plays against Holt High School Wednesday. Photo by Randi Obermiller

Zero. Nothing. Nada.

For the Bruin tennis team, no losses defined their season’s record. As they faced off against first Hickman on Tuesday and then Holt High School Wednesday they kept that zero in mind.

RBHS demolished both teams 6-0, shutting out their opponents without even going into the doubles part of the matches to continue their undefeated season with a record of 23-0.

Ben Loeb, the Bruin tennis coach, said he was satisfied with the performance.

“We lost two games in the first one and three in the second,” Loeb said. “Our team played very well, I think we’re getting better.”
Even though the team breezed through districts, RBHS will face a bigger challenge at sectionals on their way to state. Although Missouri State High School Activities Association has yet to release the sectionals schedule, Loeb said RBHS will play against an old rival, Parkway Central, who has given the Bruins trouble in the past.
Senior Sophi Farid, No. 2 in tennis, said she was proud to be part of the victorious Bruin team.

Both Hickman and Rock Bridge girls tennis teams line up in preparation for the matches to come. Photo by Mikaela Acton
Both Hickman and Rock Bridge girls tennis teams line up in preparation for the matches to come.
Photo by Mikaela Acton
“We all know what we want for this season so we will all give it our all,” Farid said. Although “we need to work on our support for one another and encourage each other when we play.”
Not only does the team’s progress brings them closer to winning another state title, but it also delays the time when the seniors will have to say goodbye. Three members of the team will leave RBHS. Farid, along with fellow seniors Allison Baker and Jenny Yao, will move on at the end of the year. Farid said she is not sure what she will do to replace tennis, although she plans on joining more clubs.
“It’s bittersweet,” Farid said. “I’ve loved getting to play for this team, but I’m excited to finish my last season.”
By Derek Wang