The girls tennis season started strong with a 6-1 win over Sartell on Monday, Aug. 19.
The squad then took on some of the top programs in the state on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Delano/Orono individual tournament. Throughout the many matches of the tournament every one of the Jackets won at least one match, showing lots of upside for the rest of the season, according to head coach Lee Orvik.
The highlight of the tournament was the doubles team of McKenzie Rafftery and Maddie Payne, who took second at first doubles.
C-I would wrap up their first week of action with matches at home against Cloquet and Andover, with the team coming away with a clean sweep of 7-0 against Cloquet and a 5-2 win against Andover.
The team was also scheduled to play in Hibbing; however, rains put an end to the action before all but one match could be finished.
The Jackets had their first match of the season on Friday, Aug. 23, and lost to Rochester Mayo 3-0, with scores of 25-4, 25-21, 25-18. The team will look to improve from their rough start in their home opener against Princeton on Tuesday.
C-I took on Zimmerman and Rockford in a tournament held in Zimmerman last week, putting up shutout performances in both games.
In the first game against host Zimmerman, C-I scored two goals in the second half to earn the win. They followed that up with another shutout, this time against Rockford by a score of 3-0 for a stellar start to the season.
Junior goalie Laurna Arends had a perfect start to her season in net, collecting both of the shutouts.
The Jackets lost their first game of the season against PACT Charter on Thursday, Aug. 22, 3-1.
With a chance to redeem themselves two days later against Brooklyn Center, they fell short, losing 5-3 in a high-scoring affair. After maintaining a 1-1 tie at halftime, Brooklyn Center jumped out to a 5-1 lead. A late game effort from the team came to no avail.
The boys are looking to use these first couple of losses as a wakeup call to take on Proctor on the 27th.