The Rolla tennis team (2-3) made the trip up to Sedalia on Wednesday, Sept. 5 for a non-conference matchup. The Lady Bulldogs struggled in doubles, but made a big turnaround in singles to take home a 6-3 win.
Rolla did not come out of the gate with their best doubles performance of the season. The duo of Laura McCutcheon and Diya Allada took an 8-1 loss at number 1, while Olivia Burken and Rylee Kriete took an 8-4 loss at number three doubles. Rachel Butz and Shannan Chan had the lone doubles win for Rolla, beating Jessica Kotok and Mariya Slipych with a great 8-0 win at number two.
After trailing 1-2 after doubles, the Lady Bulldogs turned the corner in singles. Butz set the tone with a great 8-5 win over Elizabeth Matz at number one and the rest of the team followed suit. McCutcheon cruised to an 8-1 win at number two, Burken followed her with an 8-2 win at three, Allada won 8-2 at four and Kathleen Beetner had a great 8-5 win at number six. The lone loss coming at number five, where Kriete lost 8-2.
Head coach Joe Schisler said he saw some great improvement out of just about everyone on Wednesday night. While Kriete took a pair of losses, he thinks she's close to turning things around.
"The team continues to improve. We saw improved singles tonight from Butz, especially, but also from McCutcheon, O. Burken, Allada, and Beetner. I think Kriete is just a few days away. She had a great night against Camdenton and struggled last night to find consistency," said Schisler. "Butz turned a bit of a corner last night in her development. Mixing in various elements and being more patient. Her match was long and hard fought, very similar to the match she had against Richland. She did so much more right tonight that I think she probably won a match tonight that she would have lost last week. Allada had a similar experience mixing in some new elements to her game and finding a much easier win. McCutcheon and Chan continue finding ways to lead and succeed. The team is pulling together."
The JV match saw four wins by the Lady Bulldogs. The doubles team of Sheri Chan and Kyla Decker earned a win alongside the singles wins from Shannon Chan, Anne Christine Shultz and Mya Burken. Sedalia only had four JV players, so Rolla called the match a 4-4 tie in the spirit of sportsmanship.
The busy week for Rolla continued on Thursday when they hosted Lebanon, but results were not available at press time. The Lady Bulldogs will get a few well deserved days off before facing off against Willow Springs on the road on Monday, Sept. 11.