WATERLOO — Members of the Waterloo Columbus girls’ tennis team spent last weekend watching some of their teammates perform in the school musical.
It’s an active group that has a wide range of sports from soccer to volleyball to gymnastics also filling the spring schedule.
But when the diversely talented girls get on the court together, good things tend to happen.
For the first time this season, the Sailors assembled the same singles lineup they used to win the 2016 Class 1A state title and overwhelmed traditional Class 2A power Des Moines Roosevelt 9-0 Tuesday afternoon at Byrnes Park.
Roosevelt was the team playing short-handed on this day. Still, there were some familiar faces back in the lineup from last year’s dual which Columbus won 5-4. Roosevelt is two years removed from a 2A state title, while Columbus is pursuing a fifth consecutive 1A championship.
“Roosevelt is a very good team,” Columbus coach Dave Will said. “They were short a couple kids today due to AP testing. We were excited for this meet, we were ready for this meet. We came to play and we played.”
Columbus senior Lauren McManus won the day’s closest battle at No. 2 singles as she regained her form in a match tiebreak to defeat Ella Walters, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5. Olivia Fain, Taylor Hogan, Franny Roche, Karlee Sinnott and Brianne Eighme combined to outscore their five singles opponents by a 60-4 margin.
“We’ve definitely come really far this year, but there’s always still room to improve,” said Roche, a senior playing No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles. “Having everyone together is really cool and exciting.
“We’re finally getting into our routine. With all the activities sometimes it’s kind of crazy, but we’ve definitely worked hard in practice and it’s paying off for us.”
McManus and Hogan, the defending state doubles champions, reunited for the second time this season and led Columbus with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles.
“It feels really nice being back on the court with her,” Hogan said. “It just brings back last year and I hope we can play well together again.
“I feel like we both don’t give up. We just keep going with the point and try and outwork the opponents. I feel confident with her on the court with me.”
Anna Sinnott joined Roche to win the No. 2 doubles match, 6-2, 6-0 and freshmen Bella Fain and Elysse Trost teamed up for a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles.
Columbus will face another stiff 2A test at Cedar Rapids Washington Thursday Regional tournament play begins next Saturday.
Columbus 9, Roosevelt 0
SINGLES—Olivia Fain (C) def. Shivani Kumaresan, 6-1, 6-1, Lauren McManus (C) def. Ella Walters, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5, Taylor Hogan (C) def. Elizabeth Kirsner, 6-1, 6-0, Franny Roche (C) def. Leigh Carlson, 6-0, 6-0, Karlee Sinnott (C) def. Viola Prinetti, 6-0, 6-1, Brianne Eighme (C) def. Melanie Clay, 6-0, 6-0.
DOUBLES—McManus/Hogan (C) def. Kumaresan/Kirsner, 6-0, 6-1, Roche/Anna Sinnott (C) def. Carlson/Walters, 6-3, 2-6, 10-5, Bella Fain/Elysse Trost (C) def. Primetti/Clay, 6-0, 6-1.