The Rolla tennis team (1-3, 1-0 OC) hosted Camdenton for their season opener on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Rolla took advantage of Camdenton being without three varsity players and cruised to a 9-0 victory.
Rolla got off to a great start with a sweep of the doubles matches. Head coach Joe Schisler mixed up his doubles teams a bit with two new pairings. Laura McCutcheon and Diya Allada were the top pair on Tuesday, winning their match 8-4. Rachel Butz and Shannon Chan paired up at number two and dominated in an 8-1 win. Olivia Burken and Rylee Kriete rounded things out with an 8-3 win at number three.
Rolla took that momentum from doubles and dominated singles. The wind came in a lot stronger after doubles and Rolla adjusted well. Butz had an easy win at number one singles, beating Tori Vital Rosar 8-1. McCutcheon had the closest match of the night at number two, but she still managed to beat Faith Bowen 8-6. Burken had an easy 8-2 win over Darby Roan, Allada beat Hallie Thompson 8-4, Rylee Kriete shut out Megan Bartels 8-0 and Kathleen Beetner beat Jessica Watson 8-5 to finish off the 9-0 win.
The JV also played extremely well, winning four of the six matches played. The doubles wins came from A.C. Shultz/Shay Pelfrey (8-5) and Jalisa Berrieum/Sheri Chan (9-8 TB 7-1). In singles, Mya Burken (6-3) and Shay Pelfrey (6-3) each earned wins.
"This was potentially a closer match than it looked. Camdenton was without several of their top 6 players, so when we see them again it will be like a different team. We were, perhaps, due a break and glad to get one in our first home match," said coach Schisler. "I like the way our doubles teams went out and competed early on a windy day. They all kind of came with a plan and adapted as necessary. I think in singles and doubles we made the adjustment to the wind a little better than Camdenton.
Schisler continued, "We are still kind of coming together as a team and have some work to do there. The busy week ahead might do a lot to help us there. Win or lose these girls are learning to work together and support each other."
The Lady Bulldogs still have a busy week ahead of them. On Wednesday, Rolla played at Smith-Cotton before hosting Lebanon on Thursday, Sept. 7.