By Becky Walz,
Getting into action on its home court, the Decorah girls’ tennis team defeated Charles City, 9-0, Tuesday night.
With the wind gusting and the temperature falling, the girls heated it up on the courts and played some of their best tennis of the year.
“The coaches voice echoing in their heads, ‘the wind is your friend,’ the girls used their new buddy, to perfection. From top to bottom, you could see improvement in their ball-hitting accuracy. The girls know that there is plenty of room left for more tweaking in their game. But wow was it super exciting to see that they have accepted the challenge of realizing their full potential only achieved by smoothing out the rough spots in their game,” said Coach Larry Berland.
Stepping onto the court versus the Comets at No. 1 was Annalise Skrade to face Kayla Kellogg in sets that fell in the Viking’s favor, 6-1 and 6-3. Morgan Brauer and Nia Litterer met in the No. 2 spot with Brauer taking control and the win, 6-2 and 6-1. In a pair of 6-0 sets was Decorah’s Cady Peterson defeating Heather Viers at No. 3. Mara Holland was in the No. 4 spot and bested Comet Morgan Haus, 6-1 and 6-0. It was Nadia Johnson over Charles City’s Ally Faulkner at No. 5 by scores of 6-0 and 6-1. Rounding out the line-up was Paige Lange at No. 6 who defeated Katie Pritchard 6-1 and 6-1.
In doubles play, Coach Berland noted he was especially euphoric as the teams took complete control of the court from the very first serve to the last.
Skrade and Holland dispersed with Kellogg and Viers in the No. 1 spot in a pair of 6-0 set victories. At No. 2 it was Brauer and Peterson taking on Litterer and Faulkner to win 6-0 and 6-0. Kendra Bigler and Kristi Kjome-Johnson teamed up in the No. 3 spot for two 6-0 wins to defeat Haus and Emma Roney.
“Teams talked, moved in tandem, and attacked the net cementing the outcome early in their matches,” noted Coach Berland.
The Vikings junior varsity won 15-14 with Rachel Bower, Haley Gossman and Anika Grinna all finishing the day with identical three wins and zero losses.
Decorah will be back on its home tennis courts Monday, April 19, against Osage at 4:30 p.m.