Pitman High’s number one and three singles player Britney Leon and MacKenzie Nordahl are fighters on the court. They have shown the ability to both dominate opponents and overcome obstacles to claim victory, but they are only two players on a team of 12.
Although Leon and Nordahl earned wins against Buhach Colony High on Tuesday their effort was not enough to propel the Pride to their first Central Californian Conference victory of the season as Pitman fell 3-6.
“I was expecting to match up better,” Pitman’s head coach Doug Reimers said.
Leon defeated her opponent in straight sets but Nordahl had to work a little harder for her win, battling back to take the final two sets after dropping her first. Nordahl is one of many of Pitman’s players making the transition from doubles to singles this year but she is one of the few to grasp the difference so quickly.
“They are absolute leaders on the team,” Reimers said of the two.
Ruby Hernandez and Kathleen Synstad also notched wins for Pitman, taking the second doubles match of the day.
“We need more experience and more focus at practice,” Reimers said. “But mainly the girls need to get frustrated and tired of losing and get hungrier in these matches. They have the talent but the need to develop the will.”
Pitman continues its quest for victory at Golden Valley High tomorrow.
“Our girls are going to have to give it their all,” Reimers said.