OTTUMWA — Ashley Salgado had one more senior night left in her Ottumwa athletic career.
She wasn’t about to see it end in disappointment.
Just two nights after suffering their second last-match loss in a home setback to CIML Metro rival Des Moines Roosevelt, the Ottumwa girls tennis team made the most of their last regular season action at Dan Staggs Courts. Bulldog seniors won five of their six matches as the Bulldogs dominated Indianola, 9-2, on Thursday night.
Fittingly, it was the top senior that set the tone for the Bulldogs. Salgado swept Kristina Wober in her last regular season singles match on her home court.
“Roosevelt kind of got me pumped up. I had to get my revenge on somebody, so I kind of took out my revenge on her,” Salgado said after to 6-0, 6-0 win over Wober. “It’s kind of sad knowing this is the last sport I’m going to play here at Ottumwa.”
“I tried to move her around back and forth. My first serves were on and it just went well for me from there.”
Salgado was one of eight seniors honored in ceremonies prior to the start of the meet. While Salgado got the match-opening sweep in the No. 1 singles match, it was the effort by another Bulldog senior in the No. 2 match that stood out to Ottumwa head coach Emily Phommachack.
“Katie Hicks was the player of the night,” Phommachack said after Hicks earned a 7-5, 6-1 sweep over Anya Kim. “Her ground strokes were smartly placed and she played her angles wisely.”
Hicks also kept a strong night of doubles play going for Ottumwa. The senior tandem of Hicks and Mary Paluska scored a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of Kim and Amanda Kirkpatrick.
“I was impressed by (Katie’s) play all night, both physically and mentally,” Phommachack said. “That was the best I’ve seen (Katie and Mary) play all season.”
Salgado and her doubles partner, sophomore Kelsey Granneman, also had an impressive doubles sweep against Wober and Ricarda Jungosblunt. Ottumwa’s top tandem scored a 6-1, 6-3 win while showcasing skills developed through a unique method of preparation.
“We’ve been playing the guys scrimmaging against them a little bit. That’s helping pick up our game,” Salgado said. “We worked really well. Our line shots were on and we worked on the things we needed to work on.”
Seniors played a role in three of Ottumwa’s five wins in doubles play. Rachel Hinebaugh teamed up with sophomore Jill Arduser to score the duo’s second three-set win of the week with a 6-1, 4-6, 10-4 win over Monica Fonnolly and Brittany Blunford in the No. 4 doubles contest.
“This is the first year Rachel and I have played doubles together,” Arduser said. “For just playing so minimally together, we have worked so well. I’m so proud of us this year.”
Arduser added a second straight impressive performance in the No. 6 singles for Ottumwa, sweeping Amanda Kirkpatrick 6-2, 6-1. Arduser has lost just four games in four sets this week.
“I just try to be aggressive at the net and hold back when I need to,” Arduser said. “I really need to hold back sometimes especially if the other player isn’t as aggressive as I am.”
“She had good angles on her forehand and made her opponent move,” Phommachack said of Arduser. “She was also awesome on her serving.”
While Thursday was the last night of regular season play for the Bulldog girls at Staggs Courts, it won’t be the last time this year they’ll be in action at home. Ottumwa learned earlier this week they will host the Region 8 Singles and Doubles tournament on May 17.
In the meantime, the Bulldogs (3-3) return to CIML Metro action at Des Moines Hoover on Tuesday after a special night to honor the seniors of the Ottumwa girls tennis squad.
“As any sport, the seniors have gone through a lot together,” Salgado said. “We’ve been in the classroom together and one the court together.”
“We’ve become close. Having them as teammates for four years has been fun.”
Ottumwa 9, Indianola 2
No. 1 — Ashley Salgado (Ottumwa) def. Kristina Wober (Indianola) 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 — Katie Hicks (O) def. Anya Kim (I) 7-5, 6-1. No. 3 — Mogan Grubb (I) def. Mary Paluska (O) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. No. 4 — Kelsey Granneman (O) def. Ricarda Jungosblunt (I) 6-2, 6-4. No. 5 — Bailey Trotter (I) def. Jennifer Klodt (O) 1-6, 6-4, 10-6. No. 6 — Jill Ardueser (O) def. Amanda Kirkpatrick (I) 6-2, 6-1.
No. 1 — Salgado and Granneman (O) def. Wober and Jungosblunt (I) 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 — Hicks and Paluska (O) def. Kim and Kirkpatrick (I) 6-1, 6-1. No. 3 — Klodt and Andi Helgerson (O) def. Grubb and Trotter (I) 6-4, 4-6, 10-5. No. 4 — Arduser and Rachel Hinebaugh (O) def. Monica Fonnolly and Brittany Blunford (I) 6-1, 4-6, 10-4. No. 5 — Hayli Beeson and Katie Zingg (O) def. Caitlyn Bucknor and Liz Roams (I) 6-4, 6-1.
Indianola JV 7, Ottumwa JV 5
No. 1 — Alicia Hornfeck and Emily Songer (O) lost to Indianola 6-1. No. 2 — Sarah Beadle and Erica Swanson (O) lost to Indianola 6-5. No. 3 — Cassie Jaegers and Sarah Kearney (O) lost to Indianola 6-4. No. 4 — Caroline Carlson and Andi Kurtz (O) lost to Indianola 6-3. No. 5 — Alexis Mitchell and Mary Clark (O) lost to Indianola 6-2. No. 6 — Anna Graeff and Abadail Messer (O) def. Indianola 6-0. No. 7 — Paige Davidson and Kelsey Robinson (O) def. Indianola 6-1. No. 8 — Kaelen Whitlow and Jackie Williams (O) def. Indianola 6-1. No. 9 — Jay McBrownlee and Felisha Dolan (O) def. Indianola 6-2. No. 10 — Kaelen Whitlow and Katie Cram (O) lost to Indianola 6-5. No. 11 — August Brown and Katie Hornfeck (O) lost to Indianola 6-1. No. 12 — Black and McCoy (O) def. Indianola 6-1.