The Ottumwa Courier


May 13, 2013

Ottumwa tennis teams ready to wrap up seasons


Meanwhile, the Ottumwa girls tennis team will compete in singles and doubles action at the Class 2A districts Thursday at Cedar Rapids Washington.

Coach Emily Phommachack said Kelsey Granneman, Jennifer Klodt, Beth Overturf, Katie Zingg and Jill Ardueser will represent the Bulldogs at districts.

"We talked about how we're really going to focus and strategize and work with the girls and hopefully we will see something special at districts," Phommachack said.

The Bulldogs are a perfect 5-0 in conference -- Des Moines Roosevelt is the only team they haven't played -- and 7-2 overall.

"It's been a great season," she said. "The girls have shown a lot of improvement. They've had great attitudes, especially with the weather."

The Bulldogs were completely dominant in the majority of their conference wins: They blanked Des Moines East (11-0), Des Moines North (11-0) and Des Moines East (9-0). Des Moines Lincoln gave Ottumwa it's biggest scare, but the Bulldogs still managed to win 7-4.

"It didn't seem like there was a whole lot of competition this year," Phommachack said.

The girls chance to qualify for state as a team came to an end when they fell to a talented Cedar Rapids Kennedy squad 5-2 in the Class 2A regional semi-finals on the road Saturday. In regional competition, the first team to win five matches wins.

Ottumwa trailed 4-2 after singles play and Kennedy secured the victory when the Cougars' team of Jessica Pedersen and Sarah Lasecki knocked off Granneman and Klodt 6-1, 0-6 in No. 1 doubles action. The other two doubles matches that day didn't get finished because the Cougars had already won the dual.

"We ended up not being to able to finish out our doubles," Phommachack said, "however, I thought all the girls had great communication, played aggressive and did a nice job of keeping the ball away from the net player."

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