The Ottumwa Courier


April 27, 2013

Ottumwa picks up win over rival


"They were using a lot of lobs on us and that kind of played to their advantage," Buller said, "because they always hit it really deep and it's hard to hit a high ball when it's deep in the court."

"We had to just keep hitting it back, that's kind of the key to tennis," Sedore added.

Things weren't nearly as taxing in the second set, as the Bulldog duo sailed to an easy victory. One area where the pair were especially effective was on their serves.

"My serves were on fire today, I think," Buller said.

Sedore also enjoyed success in singles action, blasting Mason Schreck 6-2, 6-3 in No. 6 singles play.

Although they ended up taking the loss, the No. 1 doubles team of Steve and Zack Ray put forth a valiant effort against the formidable Indian team of Jackson Guildford, a imposing physical presence on the court with powerful linebacker-esque legs; and his tall, lanky teammate Lukas Georgeff. The conspicously smaller Ottumwa pair gave their larger opponents all they could handle and then some, but the Indians finally prevailed 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

The Ray brothers play sharpened as the game progressed and by the end of the match, they were really in sync. During one volley, Zack, who had positioned himself by the net, lurched to his right and returned a hard blast with a cross-court winner. In the waning moments of the match, Zack snapped a backhand that looked like a sure point but, somehow, Georgeff managed to return and it and Steve netted his return, setting up a match-point situation. Then Guildford put the Ray brothers away with a devastatingly good lob. Though one team had to lose, both duos packed the match with highlight-worthy moments.

Earlier in the day, however, Zack got the better of Georgeff in No. 2 singles competiton, thrashing his opponent 6-2, 6-2.

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