Parker girls tennis endures tough first test

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Gazette staff
August 19, 2014

There was no time for the Janesville Parker girls tennis team to dip its toe in the proverbial water.

The Vikings opened with a tough test against Big Eight foe Middleton on Tuesday, and the Cardinals walked away with a 7-0 home victory. It was a match scheduled for next week but moved up due to a scheduling conflict.

“It was good competition for us,” Parker girls coach Justin Long said. “Our girls played well, but it's tough when you face one of the best teams in the state your first match of the season.”

It also doesn't help that Parker is without its top singles player, Meghann Hoag. Hoag is a senior with playing experience, but she will miss the first few weeks with a fractured ankle.

That leaves Long with just three players with varsity experience on his roster.

Sophomore Becky Sodemann will hold down the No. 1 singles spot to start. Senior Constance Beyer is back and played No. 1 doubles with Mackenzie Smith on Tuesday. And senior Joey Turner returns to the No. 2 doubles spot.

“We have a very inexperienced team,” Long said. “We're just trying to teach being aggressive. No matter who we're playing, we just want them to come out and get better every match.”

Parker returns to the courts this weekend when Janesville Craig hosts a season-opening tournament.

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