Of 18 players, only four have prior experience
By Scott Bellile
The Clintonville High School girls’ tennis team has a situation like no other in its recent history: Its team size more than doubled this year, but just four of the girls had previously played the sport.
Coach Amy Bodoh sees nothing wrong with that. She is happy her team recruited and boosted the team from seven girls in 2014 to 18 girls this year.
“I’ve been at seven [players] for about six years, so yeah, this is awesome,” Bodoh said.
Bodoh said teaching everybody the game with less one-on-one time is challenging. To many Truckers, playing 12 games and flipping the scoreboard are unfamiliar concepts right now, Bodoh said.
“Today’s matches are really a lot about nervousness because they don’t know what to expect,” Bodoh said Thursday, Aug. 27, at the girls’ home season opener against Oshkosh Lourdes.
Inexperience was visible, as the team lost all seven of its varsity matches against Oshkosh Lourdes. The Truckers could be overheard asking their opponents for help on the courts. But there were also plenty of smiles among parents and players.
“They’re learning things as they’re playing their first matches,” Bodoh said.
Newcomers Abby Wagenson, Bridget Stretcher and MaKayla Coddington are catching on well, Bodoh said. Returning players Kaitlyn Kupsky and Rachel Knowlton will help out the fresh team, Bodoh said.
To Bodoh, wins and losses are insignificant.
“I want us to have fun. That is the first rule,” Bodoh said. The second rule, she said, is for her girls to improve from the start to the end of the season.
Truckers fans have two opportunities to cheer on the team: A dual against St. Mary’s Springs Thursday, Sept. 3, and a dual against Mayville Tuesday, Sept. 8. Both start at 4 p.m. at Clintonville High School.
Oshkosh Lourdes 7, Clintonville 0
In singles: Kaitlyn Kupsky lost 0-6, 0-6. Abby Wagenson lost 1-6, 0-6. Bridget Streicher lost 0-6, 0-6. Anne Nguyen lost 1-6, 1-6.In doubles: Rachel Knowlton and MoMo Honda lost 0-6, 1-6. Callie Krake and Eve Lundt lost 0-6, 0-6. Madison Mehlberg and Teressa Friedrich lost 1-6, 0-6.