RED OAK — The Ottumwa girls tennis team went 2-2 at the Red Oak Invitational tournament Saturday against some high-caliber teams from Iowa and Nebraska.
“There was really good competition,” said Ottumwa girls coach Leanna Nelson. “We got to even play a team from Nebraska for our first round in Bellevue East. The girls did a great job of overcoming the weather that we had to start the day. It was really breezy, there was definitely rain within the mist.”
The Bulldogs squeaked by Bellevue East 3-2 and bested Atlantic 3-2 and they suffered a 4-1 loss to Dowling and a slim 3-2 defeat to West Des Moines Valley in their fourth and final dual. Ottumwa’s Jennifer Klodt went 2-2 on the day. Surprisingly, Klodt received words of praise from other coaches not for her victories, but for the tremendous effort she put forth in a 6-0, 6-0 loss to the Tigers’ Chloe Jefferies.
“She actually got a really good compliment from the Valley coach and the Red Oak coach that said that even though she lost 6-0, 6-0, she was fighting tooth and nail and just would never give up because the Valley girl is very, very good,” Nelson said.
In other Bulldog action, Sydney Grooms went 2-2 in singles play and the team of Megan Black and Hayli Beeson went 2-2 in doubles action. In addition, Caroline Carlson and Andi Helgerson went 2-2 in doubles play.
Ottumwa starts the Class 2A regional tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday against Burlington at Dan Staggs Courts.
“I think we’re getting there,” Nelson said when asked whether her team is ready for regionals. “I think we need this week to do some finishing touches.”
Red Oak Tournament
Ottumwa 3, Bellevue East (Neb.) 2
No. 1 — Jennifer Klodt (O) def. Mariah Metz 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 — Brenna Schmader (BE) def. Jill Ardueser 4-6, 6-2 (10-7). No. 3 — Sydney Grooms (O) def. Sarah Kerby 6-0, 6-1.