The Rolla girls tennis team made the trip up to Columbia to face off against Hickman on Wednesday, Aug. 24 after pushing the match back from Monday. The Lady Bulldogs lost the match 8-1, but it was much closer than the score suggests.

The singles matches were a tough go for Rolla, particularly at the top. Rachel Butz was shut out 0-6, 0-6 at number one, Laura McCutcheon fell 1-6, 2-6 at number two and Olivia Burken lost 2-6, 2-6 at number three. The lower ranked singles matches were much more competitive. Rylee Kriete lost her first set 3-6, but had a great second set. She wasn't able to force a third set, but pushed Jamie Barta to the brink in a 5-7 tiebreak loss. Diya Allada earned Rolla's lone win of the night 6-1, 6-2 over Keitlyn Hartnagel. Rolla was forced to give up a point at number six singles, as Kathleen Beetner was forced to retire with an injury after losing the first set in a tie break 6-7 (7-9).

Doubles were all pretty competitive, with Butz and McCutcheon pushing the Hickman pair of Rebecca Shy and Christina Hua to the brink in a 6-9 loss. Number two and three doubles both finished with the same score of 4-8. 

JV split their match 2-2 with doubles wins coming from the teams of Shannan Chan/Mya Burken and Kayla Decker/Eliana Stanislawski.

The team did a nice job picking up the intensity. We still need to be a bit less pedestrian and make things happen rather than wait for them to happen," said head coach Joe Schisler. "We continue to meet team goals and improve daily. The Richland match will be a good chance to step up. We will be competing without the injured Beetner and our regular 5, Allada, who has academic responsibilities to tend to. We beat Richland, a great small school program, last year twice 5-4. We each graduated a couple important players."

That match against Richland will keep the Lady Bulldogs on the road on Thursday, Aug. 31.