H-D girls tennis work to improve in second year of program


Hampton-Dumont's Athena Levad makes a return during doubles play on Tuesday, April 8. The Bulldogs' No. 1 duo of Levad and Brittany Bolerjack teamed up for an 8-2 win against Webster City. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

HAMPTON – Last year, the Hampton-Dumont girls tennis team had trouble getting individual game wins while just starting up the program.

So, with a 7-2 team loss to Webster City on Thursday, April 10, the Bulldogs were already showing signs of improvement in their home opener.

Earning wins for coach Molly Eslick’s team were the No. 1 doubles team of Brittany Bolerjack and Athena Levad by an impressive 8-2 score and Levad at No. 4 singles, also 8-2.

In order to get to this point, it’s meant a lot of practice – so much so that both Bolerjack and Levad learned when the lights go out at Progress Park.

“As soon as it (the weather) got nice I was here a couple of days ago and stayed until, like, 10 o’clock,” Bolerjack said. “Last night (Wednesday) I played with my niece and she helped with my serving and feeding the balls and stuff, so I played for three more hours. The lights turn off at exactly 10:15, which we found out – everything went black, which was kind of scary.”

More on this story will be found in the April 16 print edition of the Hampton Chronicle.