Parkway West senior Erin Slutzky finished in first place in the recent Missouri State High School Racquetball’s Doubles Tournament.
“It was definitely a good last doubles tournament for my senior year,” Slutzky said. “I’m also looking forward to playing doubles at high school nationals now, too.”
Slutzky and Callie Hummel, a senior at Parkway West won the varsity competition with a 15-6 over Bella Bertarelli and Grace Maloney, of Lindbergh duo.
She also teamed with Ethan Wood, a senior at Parkway West to win the mixed doubles competition over fellow Longhorns Hummel and Alex Lancia.
Teaming with Hummel, Slutzky won all four matches in the tournament held at Vetta Racquet Sports Concord.
“It was definitely a fun and interesting game,” Slutzky said about the championship match. “I think Callie and I were both tired so we got quite a few lucky shots.”
She said they played well in the tournament.
“In terms of scores, our games weren’t ever that close but the first two games, I think we just had to adjust a little bit since we hadn’t played doubles together officially in so long,” Slutzky said.
In mixed doubles playing with Wood, Slutzky said this is the first year they are playing together. They defeated teammates Lancia and Callie by a 15-7 score.
“At practices, we had played Alex and Callie a lot,” Slutzky said. “Sometimes they would win, sometimes we would win. But in this game, Ethan and I were working really well together and came out on top. It was really fun though because Alex and Callie were playing great and because we were playing teammates in the finals.”
It’s a little different, Slutzky said, playing teammates for a title.
“First, it’s a big deal for the team to have two teams in the finals,” Slutzky said. “Second, it’s definitely more laid back because the coaches aren’t coaching and we’re just having fun on the court. A few weeks before the doubles tournament, we started having mixed doubles practice where Ethan and I would play Alex and Callie or Callie and I would play Ethan and Alex.”
In boys varsity doubles, Parkway West’s Lancia and Wood were seeded third but reached the championship match. They lost 15-3 to Andrew Porterfield and Nick Schulze of St. Louis University High School.
Slutzky said that on Tuesday night, she is leaving for Arizona to play in the national doubles tournament at Arizona State.
“I’m playing two doubles divisions and the adult team qualifying singles division,” Slutzky said.