JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com)- The Valley City Girls’ Tennis team played Jamestown High in their season opener Tuesday night. The varsity was on the road and beat The Blue Jays 8-1. At home the JV won 21-4. Next action is Thursday in Valley City at 4 at the North Tennis Courts against Grand Forks Red River.
1. Reagan Ingstad beat Megan Larson 6-4, 6-2
2. Breanna McDonald beat Savannah Montoya 6-2, 6-2
3. Cali Halgrimson beat Payton Hoggarth 6-3, 6-2
4. Angela Larson beat Jess Schultz 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Hannah Dockter beat Annie Johnson 6-1, 6-0
6. Hannah Aberle beat Katherine Horgan 6-1, 6-0
1. Ingstad/Halgrimson beat Kaitlin Mullowney/Montoya 6-2, 6-0
2. McDonald/Larson beat Larson/Hoggarth Default
3. Katie Clark/Kallie Brandt lost to Schultz/Johnson 4-6, 6-0, 12-10
Kayla Triebold 6-1
Hope Petersen 6-1
Haley Jensen 6-1
Breana Buringrud 3-6
Savana Ley 4-0, 4-0
Amber Knutson 4-0, 4-0
Bianca Depra 4-0
Faith Orner 4-1, 4-0
Jerrica Eldridge 1-4
Maisie Leick 3-4
Rose Zeltinger 4-1
Andrea McCubbin 4-1
Faith Petersen 4-0
Aurora Faucett 4-0, 6-4
Depra/Orner 6-0, 4-2
Ley/Knutson 6-0, 6-1
With the schedule this year with how the Easter break landed, we were able to schedule a non-conference match with Jamestown prior to the conference opener this Thursday at home versus Grand Forks Red River. Also – we were able to work out having our varsity in Jamestown with our JV in Valley City which helped us get in 25 JV matches – wow!! Thanks to the Jamestown coaches and our athletic directors to get this great match in to start the season.
We had a lot of great things happen today. Katie Clark, Kallie Brandt, Hannah Dockter all played in their first varsity matches and it was Hannah Aberle’s second. All four played with the confidence and tenacity of a seasoned varsity player. Way to stay in the moment and just play tennis. Katie and Kallie had the nail-biter of the day going into a 3rd set super-tiebreaker and pulling it to 9-9 before dropping the last two points and the match. Both know what they want to do with the ball and are very active at the net. The Hannahs both notched their first varsity win of their careers.
Our top four players (Reagan, Breanna, Cali, and Angela) are returners from last year’s state qualifying team. At times, they played beautifully with smart, placed shots. At other times, you could tell it was our first match of the season. These four all construct points. They hit shots with a purpose. They scrap to stay in points and then hit aggressively when given an opportunity. Angela faced the most adversity today dropping the first set. She regrouped and dropped a total of four games in the next two sets.
An opportunity to grow as a team is in our racket prep and footwork. Our girls are doing the right things and want to do their best. They listen to coaching and execute. As a coaching staff, we need to teach and continually reinforce racket prep and footwork. These seem like little things – but can pay huge dividends by keeping us in points along with helping us dictate points.
In JV action, Coach Aberle had high praise for the entire team and specifically pointed out Maisie Leick as a stand-out teammate. Maisie mentored a few of our newcomers and was a leader on our team when it came to the pillars of Hi-Liner tennis.
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