Courier sports staff
WEST DES MOINES —
In their opening match of the boys tennis season, Ottumwa battled Dowling Catholic through every match on Thursday night looking to pick up a tough dual win.
The Maroons, in their second dual, had just enough to hand the Bulldogs a season-opening loss as Dowling held on for a 6-5 win needing just two of the five doubles matches to clinch their first team win.
The pivotal match of the night came in the final singles contest. With Dowling up 3-2 and the No. 4 singles match left on the court, Seth White could not get the Bulldogs even going into the doubles as Jack Pitsor held on for a tight 6-4, 6-4 win that put the Maroons up 4-2 going into doubles play.
"For our first meet of the year, I thought we played pretty well against a quality opponent," Ottumwa head tennis coach Alan Paris said. "We lack consistency in our play, so we are going to have to improve on that."
Ottumwa (0-1) plays in their first tournament of the season on Saturday as the Bulldogs head to Burlington's Greyhound Invitational on Saturday.