Wolverines hold off Cardinal girls in debut
The Redwood Valley girls tennis team opened up the regular season on Friday, Aug. 20 at the annual MACCRAY Triangular.
The Cardinals lost a tough 4-3 match-up with host MACCRAY and had their second match with Montevideo cancelled due to rain.
Against MACCRAY the Cardinals (0-1) were dominant in doubles as they swept all three matches.
The sophomore tandem of Avery Wilson and Mila Jennies earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Sophomore Lauren Dolezal and junior Ella Stoneberg rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win at second doubles and the third doubles unit of sophomore Ava Shaw-Kerkhoff and seventh-grader Grace Blare earned a 6-2, 6-2 win.
In singles, the Cards came ohh so close to wrapping up just one win to claim victory but all three girls would lose in tiebreakers.
At first singles, sophomore Brooke Zollner fell 6-4, 2-6, 4-10. Sophomore Anneliese Hammer lost a tough 6-3, 4-6, 7-10 decision and freshman Lily DeBlieck would fall 6-3, 2-6, 3-10.
The Cards were forced to forfeit at fourth singles.
“We lost the match but I thought the girls played very well,” Coach Kelly Welsh said. “Our doubles girls played great and in singles we fought right to the end.”
The Cardinals have a young team in 2021 with just one senior — Kate Foy — and one junior in Stoneberg.
A nice sophomore class consisting of Dolezal, Wilson, Zollner, Hammer, Shaw-Kerkhoff, Jenniges, Emmerson McCorquodale and McKenna Flinn will be asked to be a big part of the team's success.
DeBlieck and Julia Lang are the only freshmen and Blare and Akira Aude are a pair of seventh graders.
“We’re a young team but the girls are athletic and quick learners,” Welsh said. “Our lone senior, Kate [Foy], has put in a ton of work in the offseason and we’re excited to see her shine this year.”
“With a number of new girls out we’re also looking forward to seeing how the line-up shapes up for the season,” Welsh said. “The girls have great attitudes and are really working hard.”