The New Life Academy girls tennis continued its strong start to the season with a pair of victories this past week.

The team defeated Tartan 5-2 on Monday and defeated St. Paul Central 4-3 on Wednesday. It lost to St. Paul Highland Park 4-3 on Tuesday.

Against Tartan, junior Jessica Gross defeated Ashley Howard in the No. 1 singles spot 6-0, 6-1. Senior captain Krista Haglund won her match 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and sophomore Victoria Moorman won her match 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.

Junior Rachel Breiholz and freshman Siri Nicol won their No. 1 doubles match 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Sophomores Elena Draheim and Emme Fry won the No. 2 doubles match 6-2, 6-2.

“We really won from the top down,” coach Marcia Bussey said. “It was a great day out at Tartan, and I think everybody played so well.”

Against St. Paul Central, Haglund won her No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-0, and Moorman won her No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-1. Draheim and Fry won their No. 2 doubles match 6-1, 6-4. Freshmen Megan Dalldorf Olivia

Thomas won their No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-2.

The second doubles proved to be the clinching win for New Life Academy.

The Highland Park match was tied 3-3 before New Life Academy lost a nail-biter in second doubles. In singles, Moorman and Haglund notched wins.

Moorman is undefeated in singles play this year. Bussey said she is a great example of sportsmanship and a tough out on the court.

“It’s very, very hard for somebody to put it away on her, because she’s there and gets to it,” Bussey said. “As nice as she is, she has an extremely strong will, and she will stick it out and she will get the win.”

New Life Academy will play in a four-team tournament Saturday at Waseca High School.