The Rolla girls tennis team (4-2) made the trip to Willow Springs for a non-conference matchup on Monday Sept. 11. The Lady Bulldogs extended their winning streak to four games by winning the matchup 7-2.
Rolla got out to a strong start against Willow Springs by taking two out of the three doubles matches. Rachel Butz and Diya Allada dominated at number one doubles, beating Riley Pool and Taylor Reese 8-0. Kathleen Beetner and Anne Christine Schulz paired up for number three doubles, beating Olga Dudeko and Jessica Clarkson 8-3. Laura McCutcheon and Olivia Burken lost at number two 8-1.
The Lady Bulldogs went on to cruise through singles play. After Butz took an 8-3 loss to Kiana Rothermick at number one, Rolla won the next five singles games to win the match. McCutcheon got things started with an 8-3 win, before Burken and Allada won by the same score at three and four singles. Rylee Kriete had the toughest match of the night, pulling out an 8-6 win over Katie Wheeler. Kathleen Beetner rounded things out with an 8-2 win.
Rolla also had six wins at the JV level. The duos of Shannon Chan/Mya Burken (6-2) and Shay Pelfrey/Molly Hardwick (6-3) each won their matches. Chan (6-0), Mya Burken (6-3), Schulz (6-0) and Shay Pelfrey (6-4) each won in singles.
"It is nice for the team to finally dig out of that 0-3 start. It is also a good feeling because the girls played a competitive team and found ways to end on top," said head coach Joe Schisler. "Willow Springs is on the schedule because they are always competitive, and this match was closer early on than scores indicate. We travel to Columbia for the Rock Bridge Tournament which will be a challenge and follow that with another high quality team in Helias."
The Rock Bridge Tournament will be played on Wednesday, Sept. 13, before Rolla hosts Helias on Thursday.