By John Burbridge firstname.lastname@example.org
WAVERLY — You can play tennis year-round in Waverly.
The Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center houses indoor courts.
But when Waverly-Shell Rock hosted Charles City on Monday for a North Central Tennis Conference dual meet, it was played outdoors.
So there went the home indoor-court advantage.
With about half the players dressed in winter coats and the others layered from head to toe, it was decided the varsity meet should use “pro set” scoring — first player or team to win 8 games — to hasten the meet, that was made more brutal by strong wind out of the north.
The Go-Hawks swept the Comets, 9-0.
“They are one of the better teams in the conference,” Charles City head coach Brian Parrott said of W-SR, which improved to 3-0 for the season.
The Comets fell to 1-2 coming off their first win of the season after defeating Osage in an away meet last Thursday.
“The conditions were terrible for both teams,” Parrott said. “I thought our girls played well despite the cold.
“Some of the matches were a little closer than what the score indicated.”
Go-Hawk senior Madi Overmann, who was the NCTC No. 2 singles champion last season, has taken over the No. 1 singles spot on the team. She defeated Charles City’s No. 1, junior Jodie Sindlinger, 8-2.
Go-Hawk No. 2 singles player Hannah Folkerts, No. 3 singles players Ashlyn Hughes, and No. 6 singles player Sadie Hansen all were 8-0 winners over respective Comets Amy Boggess, Mackenzie Wilson and Jacie Winks.
Olivia Phillips defeated Taylor Walters, 8-1, in No. 4 singles; Katie Wichman defeated Kayla Kellogg, 8-2, in No. 5 singles.
Overmann and Phillips defeated Sindlinger and Boggess, 8-0, in No. 1 doubles; Folkerts and Wichman and defeated Wilson and Walters, 8-1, in No. 2 doubles; and Hughes and Hansen defeated Hughes and Hansen, 8-1, in No. 3 doubles.
Charles City will host Oelwein today at 4 p.m. at Sportsmen’s Park … weather permitting.