OTTUMWA — They came. They saw. They dominated.
This pretty much sums up the Ottumwa girls tennis team’s 6-0 trouncing of Burlington in a Class 2A Regional Preliminary matchup Saturday at Dan Staggs Court.
“I think we all just came out ready to get this meet done,” Ashley Salgado said. “We’re ready for team regionals next weekend, too. And we’re just going to keep rolling.”
“We all had pretty consistent games today,” head coach Emily Phommachack said. “Our girls stayed consistent and made sure to finish the points out, which is important.”
With the victory, the Bulldogs play at Pleasant Valley Saturday, May 19, in another Class 2A team regional match. If victorious, they will compete in the regional finals later that afternoon. Ottumwa will host the regional singles and doubles meet Thursday morning.
Salgado was way too much for her opponent, crushing Burlington’s Elly Eibes 6-0, 6-3 in No. 1 singles action.
Bulldog Katie Hicks, however, had a little more of a challenge in her match. She managed to battle her way to a hard-fought first set victory over the Grayhounds’ Victoria Lazar 7-6 (7-2) in No. 2 singles. Hicks had an easier time in the second set, besting her opponent 6-3.
“I was just on top of my game more and I was prepared for what shots she was gonna hit to me and I knew what I had to do,” Hicks said about her play in the second set.
Ottumwa’s Mary Paluska breezed to a victory in No. 3 singles action and Bulldog Kelsey Granneman laid a 6-0, 6-3 shellacking on her opponent in No. 4 singles.
Ottumwa’s Jennifer Klodt cruised to 6-0, 6-1 win over Burlington’s Bailey Galvin.
Katie Zingg, filling in for Jill Ardueser, who had to miss the meet because of a school-related activity, decisively defeated Burlington’s Karlie Lawler 6-1, 6-2 in No. 6 singles despite the fact that she had minimal experience in singles play.
“I really worked well on my placement shots ... just getting it to where she wasn’t on the court,” Zingg said.
She said she has to make a few adjustments making the transition from doubles to singles play.
“You just have to make sure you cover all the court,” she said, “because you don’t have another partner to back you up.”
“She really played well today and filled that spot really well,” coach Phommachack said.
Ottumwa 6, Burlington 0
No. 1 — Ashley Salgado (O) def. Elly Eibes (B) 6-0, 6-3, No. 2 — Katie Hicks (O) def. Victoria Lazar (B) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, No. 3 — Mary Paluska (O) def. Ahmi Duhna (B) 6-1, 6-2, No. 4 — Kelsey Granneman (O) def. Angie Jennings (B) 6-0, 6-3, No. 5 — Jennifer Klodt (O) def. Bailey Galvin (B) 6-0, 6-1, No. 6 — Katie Zingg (O) def. Karlie Lawler (6-1,6-2).