The Oskaloosa girls tennis team not only battled Little Hawkeye Conference rival Pella Monday night, but also swirling wind conditions in its season opener.
The Indians won four of the five matches in singles in tiebreakers and would go on to beat the Lady Dutch 6-1.
The junior varsity team was unable to play any matches due to the rain.
“This is a great win for our girls and a step in the right direction for our tennis program,” Oskaloosa coach Josh Bandstra said. “This was a great team effort, all of the girls played with a lot of heart in some very tough weather conditions. My hat is off to these girls, they deserve this win. This is the first time we have beaten Pella in a long, long time.”
Kailey Scharff got Oskaloosa going with a win at No. 1 singles as she bested Pella’s Sami Wassenaar 10-8 in the tiebreak.
Abbie Meyer had the toughest match of the night as she topped Bri Buzick 13-11 in the tiebreak at No. 3 singles.
Morgan Holle and Asli Bayram also recorded wins in tiebreaks with Bayram coming back after losing the first set to Anna Jaarsma.
Bayram dropped the opening set to Jaarsma, 6-1 then evened the match with a 6-0 win the second set. Bayram then won the match in the tiebreak 10-8.
Jamie Stewart picked up the other singles with a straight-set triumph of Molly Kalkwarf at No. 2 singles.
The Oskaloosa doubles team of Claire Carmichael and Macy Milledge posted a 6-3, 7-5 win over Mackenzie Bossard and Emma Johnson to close out the night.
The No. 4 doubles team of Rachel Groet and Emileigh Klucas took the opening set 6-4 against the Pella duo of Leah Wilborn and Ann Williamson before the match was suspended because of weather conditions.
“Great to see the new faces on varsity step up with wins,” Oskaloosa assistant coach Bryan Kime said. “Before the meet, we talked about the importance of getting off to a quick start and we were able to do that today. We had several close matches ... our experience really helped us.”
Oskaloosa (1-0) will head to South Tama next Tuesday.