The Rolla girls tennis team hit the road for an Ozark Conference match at Camdenton on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The Lady Bulldogs were a little short-handed and couldn't get into a rhythm, falling 9-0.
Rolla's closest match of the night came in doubles. Molly Hardwick and Eliana Stanislawski had a fierce match at number three doubles, but fell just short in a 9-8 loss. Shay Pelfrey and Sheri Chan also had a tough match at number two doubles, but fell 8-5. Rylee Kriete and Diya Allada fell at number one 8-2.
The closest singles match came at number four, where Chan took a tough 8-5 loss to Haley Hultz. Allada and Pelfrey both took 8-3 losses on the night at number two and three, respectively. With regular number one Olivia Burken out for the match, Kriete stepped up to play at number one and fell 8-2. Hardwick and Kayla Decker also took 8-2 losses to seal Camdenton's 9-0 win.
Camdenton also won the JV match, but Rolla was able to get a win from Shawna Chan and Paige Taylor in doubles, while Taylor also had a singles win. Both matches were won 7-5.
"Congratulations to Camdenton on a great night. They played well and have a fine team of athletes and are always well coached. It was a tough turn around night after a tournament on Monday," said head coach Joe Schisler. "We also had girls pushed up since some of our girls had other responsibilities to take care of. As a team we are dedicated to recruiting the most capable people to our team. We understand that sometimes that means sharing them. We strive to bring such a high level of play that we can cover those absences.
"Our girls worked incredibly hard and most of the matches had several deuce games, which indicate a closer match than scores might," continued coach Schisler. "Even in this tough loss I think our girls took away some important lessons and several showed great growth.
Coach Schisler pointed out a pair of younger players that had strong nights for the Lady Bulldogs.
"Two that were noteworthy were Sheri Chan and Paige Taylor. Sheri Chan played about as hard and smart as you can and was competitive playing three spots up the ladder," said the Rolla head coach. "Paige Taylor is also showing great vision on the court and has a sense for placing the ball in the right spot. She came from behind in her singles win to take the last five games of a 7-5."
Rolla followed that match by hosting Smith-Cotton on Wednesday, but results were not available at press time. They'll continue a busy week with a trip to Lebanon on Thursday, Sept. 13.