OTTUMWA — Kelsey Granneman has been a part of three senior nights over the years as a member of the Ottumwa girls tennis team.
Monday night was definately different for Granneman. Monday night was, after all, Granneman's senior night.
"It's kind of like you don't believe it," Granneman said. "All of sudden, you're up there getting the flower when I've watched all these girls go through and do that."
But there was no dreading her turn to be recognized as one of four players that would be playing their last regular-season match for the Ottumwa girls tennis team Monday in the Bulldogs' CIML Metro dual meet against Des Moines Hoover. In fact, Granneman was eager to be on the other side of the senior night celebrations.
"I've been looking forward to this for a long time. It's great," Granneman said.
So was the play of Granneman, Katie Zingg, Beth Overturf, Anna Graeff and the rest of the Ottumwa girls tennis players on Monday. The Bulldogs dominated the visiting Huskies of Hoover on the way to a fourth-straight Metro win, dropping just nine games in 11 matches on the way to a 11-0 senior night sweep at Dan Staggs Courts.
"It's always pretty bittersweet," Ottumwa girls tennis coach Emily Phommachack said. "It's neat to see the girls grow and improve over the years just to get more confident in their game, but I had one (junior) player tell me it was sad because one of the seniors is her doubles partner, and this was the last home meet for the two of them."
Granneman knew exactly what her head coach was talking about. Just before taking the court for the No. 1 doubles contest, the senior and junior partner Jennifer Klodt talked about the significance of the upcoming match.