DES MOINES — The Ottumwa girls tennis team team left no doubt in its emphatic 11-0 victory over CIML Metro opponent Des Moines East on a distinctively non-spring-like Thursday.
The Bulldogs hit their way through harsh winds and chilly winter-esque temperatures on their way to a convincing triumph.
“They did a good job of playing up to their level and not down to theirs [Des Moines East],” Ottumwa girls tennis coach Leanna Nelson said.
The girls singles matches looked and sounded a lot like domination, as three of the Bulldogs — Jennifer Klodt, Hayli Beeson and Caroline Carlson — won their matches without ever yielding a game to their competition. In addition, The Bulldogs other three singles players, Jill Ardueser, Sydney Grooms and Megan Black, never bequeathed more than three games to their opponents in a set.
Klodt and Ardueser faced a little bit more resistance in their No. 1 doubles match, but the Bulldog duo still managed to sweep their opponents 6-4, 6-2. The rest of Ottumwa’s doubles teams won even more convincingly than Klodt and Ardueser.
Nelson praised her team for performing well in spite of gloomy weather.
“Just their ability to overcome how cold, windy and wet it was,” she said. “It was not the most pleasant weather up there.”
Ottumwa plays at 4 p.m. today at Des Moines Hoover.
Ottumwa 11, Des Moines East 0
No. 1 — Jennifer Klodt def. Enpinger 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 — Jill Ardueser def. Khammany 6-2, 6-2. No. 3 — Hayli Beeson def. Weinman 6-0, 6-0. No. 4 — Megan Black def. Kaster 6-1, 6-1. No. 5 Caroline Carlson def. Tingkham 6-0, 6-0. No. 6 —Sydney Grooms def. Hackett 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — Klodt/Ardueser def. Enpinger/Khammany 6-4, 6-2. No. 2 — Black/Beeson def. Weinman/Kaster 6-0, 6-1. No. 3 — Carlson/Andrina Helgerson def. Tingkham/Hackett 6-2, 6-1. No. 4 — Grooms/Paige Davidson def. Randolph/Le 6-1, 6-2. No. 5 — Cassie Jaegers/Sarah Kearney def. Tam/Doan 6-1, 6-0.