Dodger girls blank Gaels

There were no opening night jitters for the Fort Dodge girls tennis team Tuesday, as the Dodgers swept past intra-city rival St. Edmond.

Fort Dodge won, 9-0, and dropped just five games total on the night at Dodger courts.

Emily Knight opened the meet with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Lily Peterson at the No. 1 singles spot. Karianna Grindberg followed with an identical score win over Leah Hughett at the No. 2 position.

Knight and Grindberg placed eighth in state doubles a season ago. They also paired up to win the No. 1 doubles match vs. Peterson and Hughett, 6-0, 6-2.

“We felt good about how we came out strong for our first meet of the season,” FDSH head coach Karine Feddersen said.

Ayenna Cagaanan, Elizabeth Thomas, Gretta Leigh and Allison Birnbaum all posted wins in singles action, while they paired up to complete the sweep in doubles.

“Gretta played a steady singles match in her varsity debut,” Feddersen said. “I was pleased to see strong scores from our junior varsity girls, also.”

Fort Dodge has several players back from last year, while the Gaels are working an entirely new varsity lineup into action, including first-year head coach Leah McField.

“We were expecting something similar to this (in terms of scoring),” McField said. “We know we are building our team with all new girls in terms of playing varsity.

“But the girls were positive and we think this kind of experience will only make us better for the next couple of years.”

The Dodgers return to action this weekend at the Johnston Invitational. St. Edmond travels to Storm Lake Friday.