The Ottumwa Courier


April 4, 2013

Bulldogs fall to Dowling in home opener

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa girls tennis team suffered a 7-4 loss to Dowling Catholic in its home-opening meet at Dan Staggs Court Thursday.

The highlights of the meet for the Bulldogs were provided by Jennifer Klodt and Jill Ardueser, who won both their singles and doubles matches.

Klodt knocked off Megan Diliberti 6-1, 3-6, 10-4 in a hard-fought match in No. 2 singles. She capped off the match with a slick lob that found the right corner of her opponent’s court.  

“I just tried my best and tried to keep positive,” Klodt said.

“That was huge for her,” Ottumwa coach Emily Phommachack said. “She has definitely improved physically and mentally over the year.”

In addition, Klodt teamed with Kelsey Granneman to defeat Zoe Anderson and Diliberti 6-0, 2-6, 11-9 in No. 1 doubles action.

“I think we did a lot of strategy and figured out what worked in the first set and what didn’t work in the second set and tried to play to our strengths and their weaknesses,” Granneman said. “They seemed to not like the net so we tried to force them up there as much as we could.”

After she suffered a lopsided defeat in the first set, Ardueser rallied to defeat Sarah Massop 1-6, 6-0, 10-4.

“That’s a lot of mental toughness,” Phommachack said.

Ardueser and Megan Black also teamed up to claim a narrow victory over Clair Harmeyer and Cati Kalinoski (1-6, 6-1, 10-4 tiebreaker) in No. 4 doubles.

Phommachack was happy with some aspects of her team’s performance, noting that much of her team is still pretty green.

“For the first meet, I didn’t think we did too bad as a team,” she said. “Out of my top six, I had three that had never played singles before, so they really stepped up. We almost split 3-3 in our singles, which is really good.”

Ottumwa competes at the Waterloo Columbus Invitational Saturday.

 Dowling Catholic 7, Ottumwa 4


No. 1 — Katherine Wanek (DC) def. Kelsey Granneman 6-2, 7-5;  No. 2 — Jennifer Klodt (O) def. Megan Diliberti 6-1, 3-6, 10-5; No. 3 — Calli Anderson (DC) def. Hayli Beeson  6-1, 7-5;  No. 4 — Halie Dickinson (DC) def. Sydney Grooms (O) 6-1, 6-2; No. 5 — Jill Ardueser (O) def. Sarah Massop 1-6, 6-0, 10-4; No. 6 — Zoe Anderson (DC) def. Katie Zingg 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-10.


No. 1 — Granneman-Klodt (O) def. Anderson-Diliberti 6-0, 2-6, 11-9 TB; No. 2 — Wanek-Dickinson (DC) def. Beeson-Grooms 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 — Henderson-Massop def. Beth Overturf-Zingg 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 TB; No. 4 — Ardueser-Megan Black def. Harmeyer-Cati Kalinoski 1-6, 6-1, 10-4TB; No. 5 — Rachel Munro-Kristin Sutor (DC) def. Abagail Messer-Anna Graeff 6-3, 6-3.

Text Only
  • 2014 Iowa High School State Softball Tournament 2014 Iowa High School State Softball TournamentAt Harlan Rogers ParkFort DodgeMonday, July 21Class 3A QuarterfinalsNo. 2 East Marshall 4, Mid-Prairie 3No. 9 Bondurant-Farrar 9, No. 13 West Burlington/Notre Dame 4No. 3 Clarke 13, Spirit Lake 0 (3)Gree

    July 26, 2014

  • State Softball Tournament FridayClass 2A State ChampionshipNo. 2 Earlham 6, No. 4 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 4 Class 2A All-State Tournament TeamTaylor Hipsley, EarlhamSadie Baugher, Eddyville-Blakesburg-FremontMegan Kirchgatter, Maple Valley-Anthon-OtoTaylor Huber, Alburne

    July 26, 2014

  • On Tap Saturday Prep BaseballClass 1A State QuarterfinalsTwin Cedars vs. Underwood at Des Moines (Principal Park), 11 a.m.

    July 26, 2014

  • 0726 OTT Sports Twin Cedars baseball photo Twin Cedars ready for state DES MOINES — What a long, great trip its been for the Twin Cedars baseball team and the Sabers don't want the party to end anytime soon. Today, the top-ranked Sabers (33-0) take on Underwood at 11 a.m. at Principal Park in the first round of the Cla

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports EBF softball Nataliah Hopkins photo 'What A Ride!' FORT DODGE — Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont's dream of winning a state title was dashed in the Class 2A championship game at Rogers Park on Friday. After beating top-ranked Highland the day before to reach their first state championship game, the Rocke

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0726 OTT Sports Clarke softball photo Clarke takes 3A State Title on walk-off homer FORT DODGE — It was a walk-off win last year in Ottumwa that gave Lindsay Diehl the chance to coach her alma-mater at the Iowa High School State Softball Tournament. This year, a walk-off win made the former Indian Hills standout a state championship

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports John Wardenburg photo Wardenburg's first offseason has been a busy one OTTUMWA — As the top assistant coach under Barret Peery, the past three years for John Wardenburg at Indian Hills have kept him plenty busy. Those past three years, however, are nothing compared to how busy the past three months have been since Warde

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports Steven Wilson photo Bulldog pitcher climbs ladder of success OTTUMWA — Steven Wilson has come a long way. The senior graduate went from making a couple of obscure appearances on the mound his junior year to becoming Ottumwa's No. 1 pitcher this season. "Steven Wilson has been phenomenal all year long for us,"

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Baseball Tournament Saturday Class 1A Quarterfinals No. 1 Twin Cedars (33-0) vs. Underwood (22-7), 11 a.m. (104.9 FM KBOE) Tuesday Class 3A Quarterfinals No. 5 Fairfield (30-7) vs. Dallas Center-Grimes (22-14), 8 p.m. (95.9 FM KKFD)

    July 25, 2014

  • 0725 OTT Sports Ottumwa baseball photo OHS seniors help turn season around OTTUMWA — From 0-4 to 25-16.This is the story of the Ottumwa baseball team. Yet, beyond the numbers is the story behind the story; the pivotal reasons the Bulldogs were able to rescue their season from oblivion and finish with a respectable record.“T

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints