Malibu puts up tough front for Ranger racket
By Misty Volaski
Nordhoff's girls' tennis team
caused a racket in the Frontier League last week when they rebounded
from a 12-6 loss against Malibu to blow Oaks Christian out of
the water, 15-3.
"Malibu's got an extremely strong team this year,"
said Nordhoff coach Rebecca Cook. The Sharks bit into Ranger
singles players Emily Johnston, Nathalie Selleslags and Rachel
Ward, dominating the court and keeping Nordhoff from even one
set win. E. Johnston started off with a 6-0 loss, but came close
in the second, losing 6-4. Malibu's Chelsea Musser finished her
off with a 6-1 win. All three Ranger singles had similar games,
fighting for a win but lacking "intensity," said Cook.
Nordhoff's doubles players fared better, each winning two of
their three sets. Danica Day and Tara Saylor lost their first
match by a close 7-5, but rallied back to best Maibu's No. 2
and No. 3 teams, 6-2 and 6-1.
Nicole Pettler and Alex Paddock won their first match 6-3, lost
the second, 6-2, but retaliated with another win, 6-4.
Nordhoff's No. 3 doubles duo Perry Johnson and Blair Johnston
came out strong with two 6-4 wins before falling to Malibu, 6-0
in their last set.
Though the doubles did do better than Nordhoff's singles against
Malibu, coach Cook noted to the Ranger girls. "Don't watch
The girls came back into their game against Oaks Christian, allowing
only three points for the Lions the whole day.
E. Johnston and Selleslags each swept all three of their matches,
while Ward lost only once to Oaks Christian's Kristen Seaeabury,
Doubles Day and Saylor also swept their matches, while Pettler
and Paddock and Johnson and B. Johnston each took two of three.
"The girls played their hearts out and won," Cook said
of Nordhoff's performance against Oaks Christian. "They
did a great job."
Among Nordhoff's points to work on, added Cook, footwork and
getting in more consistent serves are at the top of her list.
However, she added, "We're a very strong competitor for
second in (Frontier) League."
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