Times Staff Reporter
The only thing more relentless than the wind was the dominance of the Northview girls tennis squad, who registered a 5-0 shutout victory against Rockville Wednesday night.
Playing through steady, sometimes violent winds, both the Knights singles and doubles squads put forth decisive victories over their overmatched counterparts from Rockville, in a match that was postponed due to rain the night before. Coach Emily Goff praised her team's effort through the rough conditions.
"The girls played well, especially with the wind," Goff said. "There's nothing you can really do in these situations. You have to use it as an advantage instead of an excuse, and we did."
In singles action, Allie Melega and Hannah Pond had respective 6-1, 6-0 wins over Rockville's Caroline Hill and Nyela Fritz, while Ali Rentschler had an equally impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over Kristen Soltermann. Goff expressed pleasure with all the singles players, and particularly with Pond, who is making the transition from playing doubles last year.
In doubles, Northview's Bonnie Froderman and Lauren Reberger were victorious over Morgan Burgess and Shannon Kelley by a tally of 6-1, 6-2, while Kaci Khert and Allison Stearley impressively handled Meg Knapke and Kelsey Stone 6-0, 6-1.
The win improved Northview's record to 2-1 on the season, and was a much-needed return to action after having scheduled matches rained out in consecutive evenings. Goff said she was pleased with the performance of her team but was aware that tougher competition was fast approaching. She said she hoped her team would take the momentum gathered from their lopsided victory and continue to play with the intensity they displayed on Wednesday.
"I'm just hoping the girls get stronger and start hitting the ball," Goff said. "(The girls) have definitely improved so far but we still have a long way to go."
Northview returns to action tonight, when they travel to South Vermillion.
No. 1: Allie Melega (Nv) def. Caroline Hill (Rv), 6-1, 6-0
No. 2: Hannah Pond (Nv) def. Nyela Fritz (Rv), 6-1, 6-0
No. 3: Ali Rentschler (Nv) def Kristen Soltermann, (Rv), 6-0, 6-1
No. 1: Bonnie Froderman and Lauren Reberger (Nv) def. Morgan Burgess and Shannon Kelley (Rv), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2: Kaci Khert and Allison Stearley (Nv) def. Meg Knapke and Kelsey Stone (Rv), 6-0, 6-1