Girls’ Tennis: A Force to be Reckoned With

Five shutouts? Call it domination.


Sam Bloom, Sports Reporter

With a record of 6-0 almost midway through the season the team eyes the district and state championships.

“I think the girls have a chance to do things they haven’t done in the past and really have probably one of the most successful teams that Iowa City High has ever had,” said Head Coach Fred Pedersen. “That’s how we’re approaching it, taking the tennis program to new heights.”

With dominating wins against Linn-Mar and Prairie on Tuesday and Wednesday April 14th and 15th the team looks to improve in doubles, concentrating on consistency.

“I thought both days they performed well. The thing I think that we are doing better than last year is competing better, especially in singles,” said Coach Pedersen. “We will have to work some more on doubles. I don’t think it is anything major, just some fine tweaking”.

Susanna Gianola ‘16 also believes in the importance of consistency in tennis.

“No matter how stressful the situation is you just focus on one point after the next,” said Gianola. “Focus on hitting like a ball machine, never missing.”

Coach Pedersen allocates the success of the team this year and other years with off-season tournaments and lessons.

“It’s a huge plus, anything that you do in the off-season is going to help improve play,” said Pedersen. “All the girls bought into off-season training and you can see the benefit that it’s had.”

Kit Finley ‘15 also agrees playing in tournaments is a huge upside to high school match play.

“It helps us more in our competition than in our skill level,” said Finley.

The team’s next match is at home Tuesday, April 21st at 4:00 against Cedar Falls.