Port Clinton freshman Alyssa Krupp fancied herself a singles player.
But there was a coveted doubles spot with Tiffany Colston following the graduation of Katie Schroeder this season, and Krupp wants to help the team as much as possible.
Colton and Krupp won in straight sets Thursday as the Redskins topped Fremont Ross 4-1 in a non-conference matchup.
“Alyssa was a singles player so she made a big transition to doubles,” Colston said. “She planned on singles but she gives good effort and she’s figuring it out (the shift) easier than I would have.”
Krupp and Schroeder play different styles.
“She has very good ground strokes coming from singles,” Colston said of Krupp. “She’s more comfortable in the back and I’m more comfortable at the net.”
The two can cover the court well and benefit from Colston’s experience.
“Tiffany has made playing doubles easier,” Krupp said. “It’s comfortable with her. I feel like I’ve been playing with her for a while.”
The pair is 3-0 in three matches together this season and communication continues to develop.
“It was our most challenging match yet,” Krupp said of beating Emily Hamilton and Aubrey Fox 6-3, 6-2. “We fought through it and played our game.”
Sophomore Taylor Steyer also won in straight sets at No. 3 singles for Port Clinton (3-1).
She played some varsity matches with Lexi Fodor last season and strives to join the varsity ranks for good after playing junior varsity Tuesday.
“Last year I played mostly JV,” She said. “I enjoyed it but once I started playing varsity I enjoyed the competition more.”
Steyer has played in two singles matches this season and one at doubles with Molly Haberman.
“When you do one for a long time you get used to it,” Steyer said. “It’s fun (switching). It’s a mindset — singles is more mentally challenging.
“I played a good opponent (Thursday in a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kelly Bondra). We kind of played the same. I had to figure out which shots she was good at and where to place the ball.”
Kelsey Dietrich played at No. 1 singles and also won in consecutive sets for Port Clinton.
“She had an incredible record last year,” Redskins coach Lindsay Smith said.
“She only lost a few. She’s shown big improvement. She has a more powerful shot, she worked on her serve and she’s so consistent it forces people to stay on their toes and hit a passing shot, but she usually runs everything down.”
Morgan McGlothlin earned the Redskins’ other victory in straight sets at No. 2 singles. McGlothlin will play with Colston at times this season.
“She played really well,” Smith said. “That was a good win. She made a lot of smart choices.”
Seems like that’s a team theme.