OTTUMWA — Au revoir.
That’s the French translation for the English phrase good-bye.
It was a sweet sendoff for Ottumwa High School senior netters on Monday in the Bulldogs’ final regular season contest versus Des Moines Lincoln. Five OHS seniors played their final competitive regular season match of their high school careers.
Postseason play starts in little over a week. That thought was put on hold, as many Bulldog fans showed up to send head coach Emily Renner’s seniors out in style.
Ottumwa (7-3, 3-1) blanked the Railsplitters (2-4, 1-1) by a score of 11-0. Ottumwa’s three conference wins have come by a combined score of 29-0 over opponents Des Moines East, Hoover and Lincoln. The matchup versus East would have more than likely been another 11-0 triumph, but the match was halted because of rain, Ottumwa up 7-0.
Renner’s seniors this year are Ally Schulz, Jessi Black, Katie Wellman, Lily Elbaum and Kaelee Fountain.
Schulz won handily over Beth Kucharo 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. She teamed up with junior Ashley Salgado to win their match at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-2.
The tandem qualified for state in doubles last spring. The upcoming days will be focused on honing their game and getting it dialed in for regionals.
“We’re really going to focus on their game play. We’ll focus on details, execution and just being really aggressive,” said Renner, in her third season as OHS head coach.
Black goose-egged her competition 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
“Jessi really picked up the singles game this year. There were very few matches that she lost,” said Renner.
Wellman topped Emily Webb 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 at No. 6 singles.
“Wellman played hard. She really battled. She didn’t give up even though it was exhaustingly hot out here,” said Renner.
Wellman and Black joined forces to take out Sara LaSuer and Webb 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
The Ottumwa junior varsity team blanked Lincoln 12-0. Fountain and Molly Evans won their doubles match 6-1. Elbaum and Erica Swanson won another doubles match for Ottumwa by a score of 6-0.
Individual regional play for singles and doubles play begins on Thursday, May 19. Regional team tennis starts on Saturday, May 21 for the Bulldogs. Ottumwa received a bye in their Class 2A, Region 4 bracket.
Ottumwa 11, Des Moines Lincoln 0
No. 1 — Ashley Salgado (O) def. Emily Cox 6-3, 6-0. No. 2 — Ally Schulz (O) def. Beth Kucharo 6-2, 6-0. No. 3 — Kelsey Granneman (O) def. Jess Sanders 1-6, 6-2, 10-6. No. 4 — Katie Hicks (O) def. Stephanie Sanders 6-2, 6-3. No. 5 — Jessi Black (O) def. Sara LaSuer 6-0, 6-0. No. 6 — Katie Wellman (O) def. Emily Webb 7-6 (7-1), 7-5.
No. 1 — Schulz-Salgado (O) 6-0, 6-2. No. 2 — Granneman-Hicks (O) Kucharo-Stephanie Sanders 6-2, 6-2. No. 3 — Black-Wellman (O) def. LaSuer-Webb 6-1, 6-1. No. 4 — Emily Songer-Rachel Hinebaugh (O) def. Hannah DeVries-Hannah Dewey 6-4, 4-6, 10-6. No. 5 — Jill Arudueser-Jennifer Klodt (O) def. Nha Tu-Vilaylak Sensouk.
Ottumwa JV Results
Ottumwa JV 12, Des Moines Lincoln 0
Lizzy Eaton-Ashly Nordyke won 6-4; Katie Zingg-Chelsie Reed won 6-1; McKenzie McCoy-Andi Helgerson won 6-0; Molly Evans-Kaelee Fountain won 6-1; Lily Elbaum-Erica Swanson won 6-0; Hayli Beeson-Sydney Grooms won 6-2; Sarah Beadle-Cassie Jaegers won by default 3-0; Abagail Messer-Anna Graeff won 6-3; Bridget Anderson-Kim Garcia won 6-2; Sarah Kearney-Alicia Hornfeck won 6-2; Paige Davidson-Mary Clark won 6-3; Lexi Mitchell-Kelsey Robinson won 6-3.
SATURDAY: Bulldogs compete at Lincoln Invitational
Courier sports staff
DES MOINES — The Ottumwa girls tennis team competed in action Saturday at the Des Moines Lincoln Invitational.
In the two singles and two doubles brackets, Ottumwa’s Kelsey Granneman placed eighth at No. 1 singles, Katie Hicks placed fifth in No. 2 singles, Ally Schulz and Ashley Salgado placed fourth in No. 1 doubles while Jessi Black and Katie Wellman placed fifth in No. 2 doubles.
Granneman had a tough draw in the first round, falling to eventual singles champ Jessica King of Ames, 6-0, 6-0. She bounced back and defeated Dowling’s Haley Boyd to place seventh.
Hicks lost 6-4, 6-1 (10-8) to Stephanie Sanders of Des Moines Lincoln before recovering to defeat Dowling’s Megan Diliberti 6-3, 6-2 and Red Oak’s Paige Vannausdle 1-6, 6-6 (7-1, 10-7).
“Katie played her heart out on the court,” said Ottumwa coach Emily Renner. “Her game has really picked up this year.”
In the No. 1 doubles bracket, the Salgado and Schulz defeated Zoey Henderson and Elizabeth Lang of Dowling to move to the winners’ side of the bracket, then took a tough loss to the Rachel Pierson/Britt Walker team from Red Oak, which took the doubles title. In their third-place match, Salgado and Schulz took the first set against Valley’s Jenni Aldrich and Lucy Korsakov 6-1 before falling 7-5 in the second set and dropping a 10-3 tiebreaker.
Black and Wellman fell to Atlantic’s Morgan Allen and Tierney Kamies 6-2, 6-1, but then flew through their next two matches, defeating the team from Kuemper 6-1, 6-2 and downing the Lincoln duo 6-1, 6-1 to finish fifth.
“They stayed focused and were aggressive at the net,” said Renner.
The Bulldogs were swept on Friday night, 11-0, in action at West Des Moines Valley.
DES MOINES LINCOLN INVITATIONAL
No. 1 Singles
1. Jessica King, Ames; 2. Carli Thornton, Atlantic; 3. Emily Pierson, Red Oak; 4. Emily Cox, Des Moines Lincoln; 5. Brittany Worth, WDM Valley; 6. Abbey Albrecht, Kuemper; 7. Kelsey Granneman, Ottumwa; 8. Haley Boyd, Dowling Catholic.
No. 2 Singles
1. Sophia Smarandesa, Ames; 2. Nicole Pederson, Valley; 3. Sarah Schriender, Atlantic; 4. Stephanie Sanders, Lincoln; 5. Katie Hicks, Ottumwa; 6. Paige Vannausdie, Red Oak; 7. Megan Diliberti, Dowling; 8. Leah Greteman, Kuemper.
No. 1 Doubles
1. Rachel Pierson/Britt Walker, Red Oak; 2. Adriana Pitcher/Diane Wang, Ames; 3. Jenni Aldrich/Lucy Korsakov, Valley; 4. Ally Schulz/Ashley Salgado, Ottumwa; 5. Liz Metheny/Shelby Svoboda, Atlantic; 6. Zoey Henderson/Elizabeth Lang, Dowling; 7. Emily Webb/Sara Lasuer, Lincoln; 8. Liz Knoebb/Beth Wittry, Kuemper.
No. 2 Doubles
1. Merideth Stabel/Taylor Thoen, Ames; 2. Lisa Pusin/Chloe Stewart, Valley; 3. Morgan Allen/Tierney Kamies, Atlantic; 4. Rosa Brunner/Zoey Baker, Red Oak; 5. Jessi Black/Katie Wellman, Ottumwa; 6. Hannah Delvey/Hannah DeVries, Lincoln; 7. Sammi Schmitz/Lisa Daringer, Kuemper; 8. Rachel Munro/Grace Rice, Dowling.
Valley 11, Ottumwa 0
At W.D.M. Valley
No. 1 — Jenni Aldrich def. Ashley Salgado, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 — Lucy Korsakov def. Ally Schulz, 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 — Larren Holmes def. Kelsey Granneman, 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 — Chloe Stewart def. Katie Hicks, 6-4, 6-1; No. 5 — Lisa Pusin def. Jessi Black, 6-2, 6-1; No. 6 — Brittney Worth def. Katie Wellman, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — Aldrich-Korsakov def. Salgado-Schulz, 6-4, 6-1; No. 2 — Holmes-Worth def. Granneman-Hicks, 6-0, 6-4; No. 3 — Stewart-Pusin def. Black-Wellman, 6-1, 6-4; No. 4 — Peterson-Loper def. Reed-Hinebaugh, 6-0, 6-3; No. 5 — Boyd-Parman def. Arduser-Klodt, 6-3, 6-2.