Decorah girls tennis team beats Independence 6-3

Posted: Tue, May 8, 2018 10:34 AM
Carina Yee (front) and Vita Domnenko (back) playing #1 doubles (all photos by's Sara Peterson)

Finally playing in beautiful tennis weather, the Lady Vikes came away with a competitive and satisfying 6-3 victory over the Independence Mustangs on Monday.

Head coach Larry Berland says, "Keeping the fans on the edge of their seats, three Viking matches went the full distance before deciding a victor. This time the close ones went our
way. We decided to play no-add scoring because that is what we will have to do on Saturday. When it comes down to one point to decide a game, it is much better to be on the winning side of that deal.

Vita Domnenko, playing in the #1 spot in singles, avenged a defeat to the same girl that she had lost to in last year's meet. Vita put a bunch of work into her game during the summer season and it is paying huge dividends now.  Mara Frieden followed Vita's lead and came away with a solid two set victory in her #2 match.

Alli Groux and Soleil Smith fought their way to victories at #3 and #4 singles. Both girls cinched up their belts and kept the ball coming back, eventually earning their just reward for spot-on focus and stick-to-itism.

In doubles action, Carina Yee and Vita Domnenko put on a clinic at #1 doubles. Playing against two fine doubles players, they just would not allow them any daylight as they executed doubles team play to set up the ole one-two punch."
#1. Vita Domnenko won 6-1, 6-0
#2. Mara Frieden won 6-2, 6-0
#3. Alli Groux won 4-6, 6-1, 10-6
#4. Mya Herrmann lost 3-6, 3-6
#5. Soleil Smith won 6-3, 5-7, 10-7
#6. Josie Kleckner lost 1-6, 3-6

#1. Carina Yee & Vita Domnenko won  6-0, 6-1
#2. Mara Frieden & Alli Groux won 2-6, 6-4, 10-6
#3. Payton Schutte & Cady Peterson lost 4-6, 4-6

Decorah JV won 18-11-1.

On Thursday the Vikings travel to Osage for their last regular season match. Regional competition begins Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Luther College.

Alli Groux
Cady Peterson
Payton Schutte
Vita Domnenko