Freshman Katelyn Yee extends to reach the ball. Yee combined with fellow freshman Kelsey Kruse to win at the No. 3 doubles position Monday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Freshman Katelyn Yee extends to reach the ball. Yee combined with fellow freshman Kelsey Kruse to win at the No. 3 doubles position Monday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
The Decorah girls tennis team competed in two meets Monday and Tuesday against tough competition.



Rookie phenoms

It was a highly competitive night Monday night on the Decorah High School tennis courts as the Vikings hosted Osage.

With the match coming down to doubles play, Osage pulled away, winning two of the three to get the 5-4 victory over the Vikings.

"The Decorah girl's tennis team ran into a competitive Osage team Monday night and found themselves on the wrong end of a close match. It was just a welcome adventure to actually get to play a match outside with the way the weather has been playing havoc with this year's season," said Coach Larry Berland. "The gals, for the most part, were fired up and ready to rip. We all just have to understand that ripping the ball into the net or behind the baseline does not win points.

"It has been determined in collegiate level girl's tennis that over 70 percent of the time, points are lost, not won. We just have to buy into the fact we make the other girl hit the ball one more time. That drastically increases the chances she will make a mistake and allow us to win the point. That is not always an easy task but one that must transpire if the girls have hopes of winning the important games with pressure on them to win those matches."

In the singles game, No. 4 Kinsey Whitehill defeated Katie Plotske 3-6, 7-5, 10-6. At No. 5 Noreen Gentry defeated Amber Schwarting 6-3, 6-0. Molly Hovden, playing at No. 6, knocked off Natasha Weiland 6-4, 6-2. Kelsey Kruse and Katelyn Yee combined at the No. 3 doubles spot to win 8-5.

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