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Lady Jays top Helias

Lady Jays top Helias

October 9th, 2013 in News

Paige Smith of Jefferson City sends a backhand return across the net during her singles match Wednesday against Helias at Washington Park.

Photo by Kris Wilson

The Jefferson City tennis team made it two in a row Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Jays won their second straight district title with a 5-1 victory against Helias at Washington Park. It's the first back-to-back district titles for the Lady Jays since the mid-1990s.

"I was pleased with the way all of our girls played," Jefferson City head coach John Blosser said. "Each one of them had a plan."

Paige Smith got things going for the Lady Jays with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Mary Conley; Eden Hoogveld defeated Abbey Verslues 6-1, 6-1; Kirsten Schmidt beat Lauren Highfill 6-3, 6-2; Athira Nambiar beat Becca Shelton 6-1, 6-3; Haley Snellen beat Casey Clogston 6-4, 6-0.

Ashley Dowden was Helias' lone winner with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Kelly Raithel.

Blosser said this was as good as the Lady Jays have played all season. Jefferson City won the regular-season match against Helias 6-3, and Blosser said it could have been closer than that.

"We played a real tough schedule and I think that helped prepare our girls for the competition," Blosser said.

Helias finished the season at 13-2. Its only two losses were to Jefferson City.

"We improved a lot from last year," Helias coach Margaret Shimkus said.

The Lady Jays are back in action in the district singles tournament Saturday in Camdenton. The team sectional and quarterfinal rounds will take place Saturday.