Girls’ tennis dominates during busy schedule


Shreya Khurjekar

Junior Kayla Nutt preparing to serve against a North Scott opponent on April 2, 2019.

Jeremy Ramsey , Sports Editor

The Pleasant Valley Girls Tennis team played in four meets last week. On April 15, 16, 18, and 20, the girls played at Muscatine, home [PV courts], Davenport North, and a tournament at North Scott, respectively. The meets took place at Muscatine, Pleasant Valley, Davenport North, and a tournament at North Scott.

Typically there are only two meets per week, but since the Muscatine meet was cancelled last week, it was rescheduled for Monday. While it may not seem like a big deal to add another meet during the week, for these athletes, it meant having to compete at their best level four times over the span of six days.

Although the team had a great number of matches, they did not disappoint. Throughout the course of the week the girls’ tennis team took victories against Muscatine (9-0), Clinton (9-0), and Davenport North (8-1). Not only did they go undefeated throughout the week, but the girls also recorded their 50th consecutive regular season dual win as a team.

Assistant coach Brett Ahlgren was ecstatic about their performance. “I was very impressed by how the girls competed throughout the week and got the results they did. A big part of their success is how they prepare for each match,” he said.

The varsity girls’ tennis team also attended the North Scott Invite on Saturday, April 20. The North Scott/Clinton Invitational hosted a multitude of teams including Camanche, Bettendorf and Waterloo Columbus Catholic. Overall, Pleasant Valley finished in second place with 13 points, led by a second place finish at No.1 singles from Kayla Nutt. Nutt also finished second place at No.1 doubles with Senior Lauren Hird.

With the team being so busy it could seem that they would not be able to keep, but that was not the case. The number of cancellations and rescheduling of matches due to weather is similar to what the basketball teams experienced this past winter.

Senior Julia Hillman was proud of how they performed during the busy schedule. “Having multiple meets in one week can be tiring, but it’s cool for our team to see the positive results of the time that we put in on the courts,” she said.

The girls’ tennis team looks to continue their recent success as they continue to battle Clinton for the top spot in the MAC. Their next meet is on Tuesday, April 23 at home against rival Bettendorf. As post-season approaches, the girls’ tennis team hopes for the continued success.