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Eagles netters win first two matches

The New Life Girls tennis team opened up its 2010 season with a 2-0 record after victories over St. Paul Highland Park and Trinity School at River Ridge.

The Eagles kicked off its campaign with what coach Kathy Lutes termed a "mini match" on Thursday, Aug. 19. New Life bettered the Scots 15-10 in a series of one-set matches on the day.

Two days later, New Life claimed its first standard victory by winning at Trinity, 4-3, on Saturday, Aug. 21.

"We have a young team with vigor and drive," Lutes said.

No. 1 singles player Cara Lutes outlasted Trinity's Amy Mulvey in a three-set, three-and-a-half hour match (6-7, 7-5, 7-5) to clinch the team victory after No. 4 singles player Kylie Falteisek won in straight sets (6-1, 6-3).

In doubles play, the New Life No. 2 doubles tandem of Greta Lehn/Anu Otgonbat won in straight sets, with the No. 3 doubles duo of Laurel Baar/Katie Zinke claiming victory in three sets.

In junior varsity play, the Eagles tied Trinity, 1-1, with a doubles win secured by Caitlin Jones and Isabelle Vogel.

New Life takes on East Ridge on Tuesday, Aug. 24 before traveling to Cannon Falls and Winona-Cotter for tournaments later in the week.