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Pella Christian Girls Tennis Keeps Rolling with Win Over Grinnell

Strong play in singles action helped guide the Pella Christian girls tennis team to a 7-4 victory Thursday against Grinnell.  Despite the loss of No. 1 seed Aubree Else due to illness, the Lady Eagles won every seed but No. 4 in singles, but had to hang on for two wins in doubles play to preserve the win.  

Pella Christian’s wins in doubles came courtesy of a shut-out sweep by Ranae and Kayla DeBruin at No. 2 doubles and a 6-1, 6-2 victory by Veronica Francis and Maria Uitermarkt at No. 4 doubles.  

Head Coach Faith Bliss hopes the victory will give the team an edge heading into Saturday’s Regionals, as they will take on Saydel in the opening round.

Pella Christian 7, Grinnell 4


1.       Megan Van Kooten vs Emily Kriegel (6-4)(6-4)
2.       Renae DeBruin vs Ellie Havlik (6-1)(6-0)
3.       Kayla DeBruin vs Lily Cook (6-1)(6-0)
4.       Jillian Kuyers vs Skye Puls (3-6)(1-6)
5.       Veronica Francis vs Chelsey Youngman (1-6)(6-4)(1-0(2)
6.       Paige Engbers vs Jackie Johnson (6-0)(6-2)


1.       Engbers/Van Kooten vs Kriegel/Havlik(7-5)(6-7(5)(0-1(8)
2.       R. DeBruin/K. DeBruin vs Puls/Cook (6-0)(6-0)
3.       Kuyers/Delany Dugger vs Youngman/Johnson (3-6)(1-6)
4.       Francis/Maria Uitermarkt vs Molly Ellis/Jessa Bidwell (6-1)(6-2)
5.       Raquel DeGraaf/Leah Vander Hart vs Eleanor Lopatto/Hannah Whitney(2-6)(6-4)(0-1(7)