At Gibson City. St. Thomas More soared to a 9-0 shutout of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, as five Sabers picked up two wins on the night. Noelle Schacht triumphed at No. 1 singles and doubles. Ashley Mills succeeded at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. Regina Schmitt carded wins at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, pairing with No. 4 singles victory Makayla Horn in the latter. Maggie Vavrik persevered in No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles to round out the quintet. The Falcons’ Jessica Mueller kept things closest, falling just 8-6 at No. 3 singles.
"Then Jessica had to drop out of her No. 1 doubles spot with Paige Shelton -- the heat got to her," GCMS head coach Cindy Petersen said. "Summer Roesch stepped in for her first varsity match and played very well. They lost 8-6."
Despite the loss, there was a sign of improvement from last year, according to Petersen
"Last year against STM we were only able to get 15 games off of them. This year, we got 40," Petersen said. "Last year, we had several matches go 0-8. This year, every girl on our team was able to take two or more games from STM, so it was a big improvement."
Four of GCMS's matches had scores of 8-4 and three of its matches were 8-6. Riley Cushman had to forfeit her game that was tied at 6-6 due to heat exhaustion.
Roesch won her exhibition match as well with an 8-1 score.
"So overall, I was very pleased to see the improvement in our girls from last week's play against Bradley," Petersen said. "The best thing of all was their positive attitudes. They were awesome."