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Discoverers girls tennis slams Grand Island

April 3, 2019 GMT

Current members of the Columbus High girls tennis team were in elementary school the last time the Discoverers defeated Grand Island in a dual between the lines.

That streak finally ended on Tuesday when CHS defeated Grand Island 7-2 in a home dual at Pawnee Park.

“It was a good win for the girls,” said CHS head coach Dave Licari in comments sent to the Telegram. “It’s the first time we’ve beaten Grand Island in a dual since 2012. We played good tennis all the way around.”

Columbus started the day going 2-1 in doubles when the No. 2 doubles team of Brooke Benck and Addi Duranski won 8-2 and the No. 3 doubles pairing of Lauren Benck and Melanie Jones won 8-6.

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“All three doubles teams played well,” Licari said. “No. 2 doubles is now 3-0 on the season, although Aspen (Luebbe) and Emily (Miksch) lost in a tiebreak, they did a great job of fighting back from a 4-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead - a lot of really good points in a hard-fought match.”

Lauren Benck achieved an 8-5 victory in the No. 1 singles slot.

“Lauren had her first serve going at No. 1 singles and really put her opponent on the defensive,” Licari said.

Luebbe was at the No. 2 spot and defeated her opponent 8-1.

“Aspen controlled her whole match by really mixing up her shots and moving her girl,” Licari said.

Melanie Jones won 8-2 in the No. 4 singles spot.

“Melanie used deep ground strokes taking advantage of her opponent sneaking in,” Licari said.

In the No. 5 spot, Brook Benck was victorious by a score of 8-2.

“Brooke did a great job of hitting wide either to her girl’s backhand or forehand,” Licari said.

Addi Duranski continued the winning for CHS defeating her opponent 8-1 in the No. 6 spot.

“Addi had really good ball placement moving her opponent all over,” Licari said.

The next time CHS takes the court will be at the Omaha Westside on Friday with play beginning at 8 am.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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