The Rolla tennis team faced off against Jefferson City for the District Championship on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The Lady Jays were just too much for Rolla and Jeff City continued their run as District Champions with a 5-0 win.
Rolla put up a fight against Jeff City, but the Lady Jays are always a handful. The Lady Bulldogs were swept in doubles matches, with the closest match coming at number three where Diya Allada and Shannon Chan falling to Reddy Donthrieddy and Sudhiska Kumar 8-3. Rolla switched things up a bit at numbers one and two doubles, pairing Rachel Butz with Olivia Burken and playing Laura McCutcheon with Kylee Kriete. Butz and Burken fell at number one 8-2, while McCutcheon and Kriete lost at number two 8-1.
Jeff City only needed two more wins to seal their win, but Rolla put up a fight. Allada lost 1-6, 0-6 and Burken lost 1-6, 3-6, but the Lady Bulldogs were playing well in the remaining matches when Jeffy City finished off the win. Butz won her first set against Erica Dunn 6-3, but trailed in the second set. Kriete challenged Bailey Higgins with a 4-6 loss in the first set and was just behind 1-2 in the second set when the night ended.
"Hats off to the Jays who are always well prepared and athletic. I really appreciate coach Thompson’s professionalism and demeanor," said Rolla head coach Joe Schisler. "The team played well and enjoyed getting to a final when the semi-final was our goal. We did enjoy a lead in some places and competed well all around. Butz was leading by a set when play was called and that match promised to be a nail biter.
"I am a realist and knew we were outmatched," continued Schisler. "So we went in with performance goals and a plan. The ladies did all they were asked and more."
The loss doesn't end Rolla's season yet, however. The individual District tournament is right around the corner on Saturday, Sept. 30.
"Now our focus is on the individual District competition on Saturday," said the Rolla head coach. "The way teams set their line up and the way the seeding lines up really has as much to with who medals as the way kids prepare and play all season. It will be interesting to see which players end up in the singles and doubles brackets."