Comet netters swept in wind-swept opener against Mason City
By John Burbridge
CHARLES CITY — Early spring weather can have its pleasant bouts, but that doesn’t always mean ideal spring sport settings.
For instance, a day nice for a walk in the part can seem like an attempt to summit Mount Killimanjaro for participants and spectators of open-space events like soccer, track … and tennis.
The Charles City Comets girls tennis team got a day head start when its home season-opener against Mason City was moved up to Monday.
The timing was favorable because the day was the first of the year where the temperatures flirted with the 70s.
But we’re still in tempermental March as the match was challenged with 30 to 40 mile-per-hour wind gusts.
The Mohawks were able to sweep the Comets 9-0 in wind-swept varsity match.
All the wins were in straight sets, though Comet No. 3 singles player Heather Viers challenged Mason City’s Chloe Callanan in the first set of their match before losing 7-5 and retiring in the second set.
Comet No. 6 singles player Brittany Williamson, while facing Emily Read, also lost her first set 7-5 before Read capped the win with a 6-0 second-set victory.
In No. 1 singles, Tiegan Barkema defeated Charles City senior Kayla Kellogg 6-0, 6-0; in No. 2 singles, Celine Matthews defeated Nia Litterer 6-2, 6-0; in No. 4 singles, Rylei Brick defeated Morgan Haus 6-4, 6-3; and in No. 4 singles, Anna Lehmann defeated Ally Faulkner 6-1, 6-2.
Haus played the most games on Monday as she was part of the Comets’ No. 3 doubles team that lost to Lehmann and Reed 6-4, 6-5 with a 10-5 tiebreaker deciding the latter set.
Barkema and Matthews defeated Kellogg and Viers 6-0, 6-1 to win No. 1 doubles; and Callanan and Brick defeated Litterer and Faulkner 6-1, 6-2 to win No. 2 doubles.
Charles City, which was undefeated in junior varsity matches the last time there was a high school tennis season (2019), won the jayvee match 2-1.
“It was a tough assignment to play our first match with only two days of practice outdoors,” Charles City head coach Brian Parrott said. “We can really use these next two weeks for practice before our next match (against Decorah on April 13).
“Hopefully, we’ll be a much improved team by then.”