OTTUMWA — What does Jennifer Klodt like most about tennis?
Well, that question sort of misses the point. A more appropriate question would be what doesn't she like about the sport? The answer: nothing. The junior senior enjoys all aspects of the game equally well.
"I wouldn't say I have a favorite part," Klodt said. "I love getting to know new people and challenges I see every time I play."
For Klodt, now in her senior season with the Ottumwa girls tennis team, she's keeping her goals simple.
"My goal is to do my best and support all my teammates and to make sure I'm a good leader for everyone," she said.
And, on a team that doesn't suffer from a dearth of new faces to the sport, Klodt is taking her leadership role seriously.
"I definitely feel like being a leader is important, especially being a senior so young people can look up to me and know I work hard every time I go to practice."
Klodt played No. 2 singles for the Bulldogs last season and teamed with senior graduate Kelsey Granneman in doubles action. When asked which she prefers, more singles or doubles, she said she likes aspects of both.
While singles action forces the senior to push herself more, Klodt said she enjoys being able to strategize and feed off her teammates in doubles play.
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