Winning on their home courts is something the Lady Panther tennis team is quickly getting used to.
This past weekend was no exception as the Panthers hosted the O’Fallon Quad. Competing in the Quad along with O’Fallon were Althoff, Alton Marquette, and Mt. Vernon. The quad was played in a three round, round-robin format.
In the first round, O’Fallon handily defeated Alton Marquette without dropping a single match. The second round was a tougher matchup for O’Fallon. The Lady Panthers were able to narrowly defeat the Althoff Crusaders, winning by one match (3-2). Round three against Mt. Vernon resulted in OTHS only dropping one match, winning 4-1.
Great team chemistry and attitude have paved the way for the teams winning record. Head coach Erin Thoman is proud of the team’s strong start to the season.
“We have worked a lot on staying positive throughout matches,” said coach Thoman. “They have done a great job playing patiently at the right times.”
The Panther’s doubles team work has paid off in the team’s early season wins. No. 1 doubles pairing Bailey Bohnenstiel and Kate Dumstorff went undefeated at the quad.
Earlier in the week O’Fallon shut out Centralia on the OTHS home courts, 9-0. The Panthers defeated Centralia, only dropping six games in the nine matches.
Despite their early success, O’Fallon’s season is sure to get tested in the coming weeks with several tough conference matches. In the coming weeks, the Panthers are set to face off against both Belleville East, and West, as well as Edwardsville. The conference heavy upcoming schedule will prove to be the Panthers toughest stretch of the season.
Coach Thoman doesn’t plan on changing her team’s game plan for the coming challenge.
“We’ll keep working at the same stuff we have been, making sure we are ready to be in the zone and put in the work for the off-season,” said Thoman.