The North Platte Lady Bulldogs girl’s tennis squad opened their season on Friday by hosting the North Platte Doubles Invitational. Four teams participated on the day with Ogallala, Lexington and Hershey also represented.
Lexington had two champions with the No. 2 and No. 4 doubles teams ending with 3-0 records. North Platte’s No. 1 doubles team finished 3-0 and Ogallala’s No. 3 team ended undefeated. No team scores were kept.
“I thought the day was a good way to get some early matches in,” said North Platte coach Dale Hall. “We got to see where we’re at during this early part of the season.”
The Lady Bulldogs’ Jenae States and Kim Hall swept through the No. 1 doubles competition for North Platte’s only first place on the day. The North Platte duo downed Hershey 8-1 in round one, outlasted Ogallala 8-6 in the second round and downed Lexington 8-4 in the finally.
“They played pretty good throughout the day,” coach Hall said. “Their communication was good and moved very well on the court.”
States led the No. 1 team, being a perfect 7-0 in service games for the day. She was successful on 65 percent of her first serves and won 78 percent of those points. States got 89 percent of her second serves in, winning 53 percent.
As good as States service game was, Kim Hall was stellar at the net.
“Kim was solid at the net,” coach Hall said. “She did a good job with her overheads.”
Lexington’s No. 2 doubles pair of Katelin Schultze and Kelby O’Meara finished 3-0, defeating Ogallala 8-1, Hershey 8-1 and North Platte’s Megan Stokey and Lauren Wagner 8-5. Stokey and Wagner finished 1-2 in third place.
Coach Hall said his No. 2 doubles pair needs work on their consistency.
“Consistency in their whole play,” the coach said, “including their serving and ground strokes.
“I like at times how aggressive they are, but need to be consistent.”
The Ogallala tandem of Christine Allen and Anna Watts was perfect at No. 3 doubles with wins over Lexington 9-8 (4), North Platte 8-5 and Hershey 8-3.
North Platte’s No. 3 doubles team of Josha Gifford and Alyssa Cole finished second with a 2-1 record.
“Josha really served well,” coach Hall said. “She got 84 percent of her first serves in. I was very impressed she only had three double faults today.
“Allysa’s overall game was really consistent. She will probably need to work on her power a little as the season develops.”
At No. 4 doubles, Lexington’s Ellie Hobelman and Zoie Allen had wins over Ogallala 8-2, Hershey 8-0 and North Platte 8-6.
Courtney Ruda and Kristen Wullschleger finished second (2-1) for the Lady Bulldogs. Both are juniors.
“They got a lot of valuable varsity experience today,” coach Hall said. “They were down to Lexington early 4-1 and battled back to 7-6 before losing.
“I was happy the way they battled the entire day.”
North Platte travels to McCook for a dual against the Lady Bison on Thursday.
No. 1 doubles: 1. North Platte, States/Hall (3-0); 2. Ogallala, Kaleigh Berg/Kendall Schroer (2-1); 3. Lexington, Jessica Megrano/Angel & Madai Salinas (1-2); 4. Hershey, Laureen Arnett/Lyndsay Taylor (0-3).
No. 2 doubles: 1. Lexington, Katelin Schultze/Kelby O’Meara (3-0); 2. Ogallala, Carlie Kay/Maaika Mestl (2-1); 3. North Platte (Stokey/Wagner); 4. Hershey, Krista Schufeldt/Hope Duggan (0-3).
No. 3 doubles: 1. Ogallala, Christine Allen/Sophia Arensdorf (3-0); 2. North Platte, Gifford/Cole (2-1); 3. Lexington, Amber Holbrook/Cristal Gomez (1-2); 4. Hershey, Sarah Erickson/Courtney Laubner (0-3).
No. 4 doubles: 1. Lexington, Ellie Hobelman/Zoie Allen (3-0); North Platte, Ruda/Wullschleger (2-1); 3. Ogallala, Katie Bush/Anna Watts (1-2); 4. Hershey, Lydia Wiseman/Emily Dethlefs (0-3).