SL-O girls move to 4-0 with Spencer sweep

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Spirit Lake-Okoboji's Alli Gerking delivers a backhand shot toward Spencer's Sara Van Kley during a #2 singles win April 18 in Lakes Conference girls tennis play. Gerking coasted to a 10-1 victory over Van Kley to help lift SL-O to a 9-0 dual win over the Tigers. (PHOTOS BY MICHAEL FISCHER)

The Spirit Lake-Okoboji girls tennis team has consistently been in a class of their own in Lakes Conference play this season, and they proved once again why they have legitimate state team aspirations after sweeping rival Spencer April 18 on the road.

SL-O has won 35 of the 36 head-to-head matches they have played in so far this season, pushing their overall record to 4-0. They turned in their most one-sided performance of the year against the Tigers, outscoring Spencer 60-7 in singles play and 30-4 in doubles action.

"We had a good night. I have seen a lot of improvement with several players," said Spirit Lake-Okoboji coach Bob O'Hara. "Alli Gerking had her best match of the season as did Hannah Coenen, Rachael Westergard and Holly Seemann. It's great to have so many gifted athletes on the team."

Aubry Kolegraff of Spirit Lake-Okoboji slams a return shot back to Spencer's Sara Van Berkum during a #1 singles bout April 18 in Lakes Conference girls tennis action. Kolegraff defeated Van Berkum 10-3 to jump-start a 9-0 dual win for SL-O.

Senior Aubry Kolegraff opened up the dual with a win at #1 singles, ousting Sara Van Berkum 10-3. Then, senior Alli Gerking coasted to a 10-1 victory over Sara Van Kley. Sophomore K.J. Veldman was met with little resistance, blanking Bradi Baschke 10-1 at #3.

Hannah Coenen, Rachael Westergard and Holly Seemann all turned in impressive performances, posting identical 10-1 singles wins.

In three doubles bouts, Spencer was limited to a total of four points. The pairs of Kolegraff/Gerking and Veldman/Coenen each pulled out 10-1 wins, while Jamie Kohlhaase and Westergard teamed up for a 10-2 victory over Baschke and Nicole Staples.

"I'm also happy with our doubles play today," O'Hara added. "Alli and Aubry are really starting to gel, although they are not in peak form by any means, they had far fewer errors than in their first three matches. I was really pleased with the way Rachael Westergard and Jamie Kohlhaase played at #2 doubles. Once the match got going they really took charge and played well."

Spirit Lake-Okoboji captured a 7-2 dual victory in the JV match with Spencer.

At #1 singles, Kohlhaase downed Danika Spooner 8-2. Heather Sorenson, Olivia Rohlk and Alyssa Glienke all pulled out 8-3 victories, followed by an 8-0 win by Amanda Bueltel at #6. In doubles play, Rohlk and Seemann won 8-2. Then, Margaret Delaney and Bueltel won 8-1 before Nicole Delaney and McKenzie Colt lost a 9-8 match via the tiebreaker set to Jenna Nissen and Kelsey Staples.

Spirit Lake-Okoboji 9,

Spencer 0

Singles:

#1 -- Aubry Kolegraff (SL-O) def. Sara Van Berkum, 10-3

#2 -- Alli Gerking (SL-O) def. Sara Van Kley, 10-1

#3 -- K.J. Veldman (SL-O) def. Bradi Baschke, 10-0

#4 -- Hannah Coenen (SL-O) def. Ann Magnuson, 10-1

#5 -- Rachael Westergard (SL-O) def. Nicole Staples, 10-1

#6 -- Holly Seemann (SL-O) def. Amy McLaury, 10-1

Doubles:

#1 -- Kolegraff/Gerking (SL-O) def. Van Berkum/Van Kley, 10-1

#2 -- Jamie Kohlhaase/Westergard (SL-O) def. Baschke/Staples, 10-2

#3 -- Veldman/Coenen (SL-O) def. Magnuson/McLaury, 10-1

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