On a windy Wednesday afternoon, Trinity Lutheran’s girls tennis team breezed by its opponent.
Before the match even started, the Cougars led 1-0 since New Washington didn’t have enough players to fill the No. 2 doubles spot.
Trinity won the other matches in straight sets to post a 5-0 victory on its home courts.
In the singles matches, Courtney Barker at No. 1 and Abby Schult at No. 2 both won 6-0, 6-0, and Lauren Voss won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3.
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“We did what needed to be done tonight,” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “I told them I wanted them to work on placement, and they did a good job with that tonight. Playing in this wind, it’s kind of tough to do that. We like to play a little bit of a lob game, but obviously, on the north side of the courts, that’s not really feasible in this wind, so 1, 2 and 3, that was our goal — ball placement — tonight.”
At No. 1 doubles, Lauren Fleetwood and Macey Prewitt won 6-1, 6-0.
“There’s not a lot of room on the court when you’re playing doubles, so we really couldn’t do (ball placement) quite as much, so we were trying to focus on serves and volleys a little bit more,” coach Voss said. “That went pretty well, too.”
Since New Washington had some inexperienced players, coach Voss said the goal was for his players to move their opponents around on the court, rather than trying to hit through them.
“In a match like tonight, we’ve got to focus on not making mistakes,” he said. “It’s not so much about making the winning hit. It’s more about not making mistakes. I saw a few through all three singles matches, a couple of double-faults, which is not going to get us anywhere as we go further into the season.”
He is banking on his team’s experience as the Cougars move forward.
“Varsity has plenty of experience to get the job done. It’s just whether they play smart enough to get the job done,” he said. “Physical ability is there, so we’re looking for some big things this year out of the varsity level. The junior varsity has got some sophomores and freshmen. They are coming along great, but high school tennis is new to them.”
The win moves the Cougars to 2-1 on the season.
“This is a tough week for us with four matches,” coach Voss said of playing Tuesday and Wednesday and having matches today and Saturday. “It was nice to have this tonight, a confidence-builder.”