OSKALOOSA — Outside of a little wind, it was oddly perfect conditions for an early spring tennis meet. The Oskaloosa girls started their season with a bang as they took care of business to end up with an 8-1 win over South Tama on Tuesday.
“It’s nice just to get out and play somebody other than ourselves,” Oskaloosa head coach Bryan Kime said. “Early on it’s been a little windy but we’ve practiced every single night out in the wind, the cold and the rain. The nights we didn’t, we went in the back gym and hit a few balls. I don't think we've missed a night, which is good and matches like that helps us. But it's just a good start. We’ve got three new girls on varsity this year that have never played. It’s good to see them get off to a good start for varsity experience.”
Aubree Blanco, Makenna Schaffner and Amanda Fay got the start as Oskaloosa’s numbers two, three and four. All three would dominate their way to 10-0 wins.
Autumn DeRonde saw similar success in the sixth spot, winning her season debut 10-2.
Linette Ramirez had the most thrilling match of the evening as she went back and forth with South Tama’s Adriana Cervantes in a grinder. The two exchanged games for most of the match before Ramirez was able to close it out late and avoid a tiebreaker for the 10-8 win.
The Indians’ lone hiccup on the night came from the one spot as Jillian Jennings fell by a 10-3 score to South Tama’s No. 1 Hope Werner.
Jennings would bounce back nicely in doubles with Schaffner as the two rolled to a 10-2 win to set the tone.
The lengthy doubles team of Blanco and Fay cruised to a 10-0 victory as neither player lost a game on the day.
Sophomores Lucy Roach and Presley Blommers would wrap up the night by getting their first taste of varsity tennis. The two had their bright spots in a 10-3 victory to cap off the win and get the season started with a 1-0 record.
“We're gonna get back tomorrow, hopefully if it doesn’t rain,” Kime said. “We got to get some volleys in. We haven't worked a lot on volleys, not the live action volley that we're wanting to progress to. It's just a meet and then make a few adjustments. Tennis is a fast sport as far as we play our season pretty much in just a little over a month so you got to make some quick adjustments.”
Oskaloosa (1-0) travels to Albia (0-1) on Monday at 4:15 p.m.