Times Sports Editor
The Northview tennis got an early look at a potential sectional opponent on Wednesday and had to enjoy the results of a 5-0 win over visiting Linton.
With the season beginning with an opener against a solid Plainfield team, a sectional foe and then perennial state contenders Terre Haute South and North, volunteer coach Emily Goff wishes her team could spread out the challenges.
"That's the way the contract has been since I was in high school," she commented. "We'd like to spread it out. We play our toughest competition early. Playing some of them later would give us a chance to keep improving throughout the year."
Number two singles player Jazmine Kellum was coming off a extended battle against Plainfield on Monday night that ended in a three-set loss. But against Abbey Burns of Linton she bounced back, not losing a single game in winning in 45-minutes.
"The key for Jazmine is for her to really hit the ball," said Goff. "She needs to get her serves in and she did that tonight. She was a little disappointed Monday night, but she bounced back."
Ali Rentschler had a tough time on Monday against the Quakers, but didn't allow that to affect her in quickly pinning a 6-1, 6-0 defeat on the Miners' Arial Brown.
"I think she's starting to come into playing singles," said Goff of her number three singles player. "She's playing with a lot more confidence."
The same can be said for the Knights' number one player in singles.
Allie Melega got off to a bit of a slow start, but battled through some early struggles to score a 6-2, 6-2 win against Lauren Karaszia.
Melega was able to extend each point and move her opponent around the court to create unforced errors on the way to the win.
"Allie never gives up and she gets to everything," said Goff.
The Knights won both doubles matches as well versus Linton, losing just six total points.
"Our doubles teams are both communicating better," commented Goff. "They're both getting better and the key to doubles is communication."
At number one doubles, Bonnie Froderman and Hannah Pond scored a 6-1, 6-1 victory and at number two, Ali Stearley and Andrea James were 6-3, 6-1 winners against Ashley Sparks and Olivia Wells.
The Knights (1-1 overall) will host Terre Haute South this evening at 5 p.m.