NEWTON — Battling the gusting wind, Newton’s Cardinal girls and the visiting Marshalltown Bobcats took to the tennis courts at Aurora Heights Park Tuesday. The Cardinals dominated play, winning 10 of the 11 matches played.
“The girls did an OK job handling the elements as the wind was a significant factor, gusting 15 to 25 miles per hour,” Newton head coach Erick Zehr said. “We have a lot to work on, but for the first meet of the season, it was good start.”
Opening up in the singles matches, Newton’s Jennifer Ventling, who struggled with her serve at times, came away with a solid win, 6-2, 6-2, over Marshalltown’s Megan Riemenschneider in the No. 1 slot. Newton’s Holly VanderPol and Marshalltown’s Ashley Beaty went to three sets at No. 2 singles with VanderPol winning 1-6, 6-2, 10-6.
“Holly had to shake off some mental barriers, but as soon as she did, she cruised,” Zehr said. “Maria Valbuena dominated the No. 3 singles match for us, winning 6-0, 6-1 over Kathleen Ferrin.”
Playing at No. 4 singles for the Cardinals was Monica Corso, who claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win over Chloe Kuechner. McKenna Heisdorff posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Samantha Toceri to give Newton the victory at No. 5 singles.
Newton’s Sierra Griffith lost at No. 6 singles in a tough three-set match, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 4-10, to Jenna Jaeckel.
“Sierra played well for her first-ever varsity meet. She struggled to combat the win but most of us did. Her opponent was a very tough No. 6 singles player,” Zehr said.
Newton won all five doubles matches. Ventling and VanderPol rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win over Riemenschneider and Beaty at No. 1 doubles and the Cards’ No. 2 doubles team of Valbuena and M. Corso defeated Ferrin and Kuehner, 6-1, 6-1.
At No. 3 doubles, Heinsdorfer and Marisa Modlin beat Marshalltown’s Toceri and Jaeckel, 6-4, 7-5. Griffith teamed with Kayla Corso to win the No. 4 doubles match, 6-4, 6-4, for Newton over Yelitza Patricio and Immaculate Edwin. Newton’s Halie Owens and Samantha Cooling beat Marshalltown’s Brenda Livengood and Kaelin Lents, 6-2, 2-6, 10-4.
Newton’s girls host Boone on Thursday, starting at 4:15 p.m.