On Saturday, the Columbus High girls’ tennis team hosted its home invitational and came through with flying colors in winning the event, with 38 points, narrowly edging out Kearney Catholic, who posted 36.
Leading the charge on the hardcourts was the No. 1 doubles duo of Regi Zakrzewski and Sara Kruse, who swept the competition aside with a sparkling 5-0 record on the day, finishing first in the process.
Victories for the pair included 8-3 over Chayna Davidson and Elena Rubio Abad of Gretna, 8-5 against Megan Peklo and Payton Stalder of Omaha Burke, 8-4 versus Kari Swanson and Kelly Nguyen of Sioux City, 8-2 over Nicole Shundoff and Ashley Waggoner of Kearney Catholic and 8-0 against Skylar Kelly and Jadyn Robinson of Norfolk.
Not far behind on the doubles side was the Discoverers’ No. 2 team of Mia Janssen and Monykka Hazlett, who went 4-1 and finished second.
Janssen and Hazlett defeated Jill Brion and Trinity OrHieb of Gretna, 8-3, beat Isabelle Schmidt and Morgan Anderson of Omaha Burke, 8-0, defeated Tammy Tran and Kathleen Dam of Sioux City North, 8-2 and saw off Emily Schwanbeck and Jalen Hoffman of Norfolk, 8-2, with their only loss being a squeaker, losing 9-7 (7-1) to Brooke Eschenbrenner and Liza Trettel of Kearney Catholic.
Columbus head coach Dave Licari was duly impressed with both of his doubles tandems’ heroics.
“Regi and Sara played well all day -- they improved their season record to 20-6,” said Licari. “Also, Monykka and Mia played good tennis at No. 2.”
In singles play, Columbus No. 1 Lauren Benck went 2-3 to finish fourth, with wins against Angela Gahan of Gretna (8-3) and Paige Frigyes of Omaha Burke (8-6).
No. 2 Natalie Brutty was 1-4 on the day and finished in fifth place, including a victory against Kate Johnson of Sioux City North, 8-0.
Licari was pleased with the overall performance of his entire squad.
“The girls did a great job in winning the tournament,” he said. “Every match is important in a close team win like this, but Lauren's win over Paige Frigyes of Omaha Burke was huge as Frigyes ended up winning No. 1 singles. It was a great way to end our home schedule.”
Columbus will next compete at the conference tournament at North Platte on Saturday.