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Panther girls tennis ties for fifth at H-10

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:13 p.m. CDT

CARROLL — The Creston/Orient-Macksburg girls tennis team finished in a tie for fifth place here Monday at the Hawkeye 10 Conference Tennis Tournament.

The Panthers scored 11 team points to tie with Lewis Central. Red Oak won the team title with 30 points, ahead of second place Glenwood with 26.

Both Emma Johnson at No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Ashley Harris and Alli Thomsen placed fifth, scoring four points each for the Panthers.

Johnson, seeded fourth at No. 2 singles, lost her opening match, 8-6, to Sarah Cabeen of Clarinda. Cabeen went on to win the championship at No. 2 singles.

Johnson rebounded to easily win 8-2 over Denison-Schleswig’s Paige Lansink and then defeated Lewis Central’s Amy Epperson, 8-5.

Harris and Thomsen won their opening match at No. 2 doubles, 8-3 over Hope Bowker and Molly Welter of Atlantic.

They then lost a tough match in the second round to Hannah Davison and Joselyn Pulliam of Clarinda, 9-8 (7-2).

Harris and Thomsen bounced back to win their next two matches to place fifth for the Panthers.

“Ashley and Alli were playing for the first time together today at No. 2 doubles,” assistant coach Amanda Plymale said. “They went 3-1 and placed fifth, scoring four points for the team.”

At No. 1 singles, Audrey Fyock won her opening match, 8-4, over Teresa Arkfeld of Harlan.

Fyock then lost a close 9-8 (7-4) match to Ons Soussi of Glenwood and another close match, 8-6, to to Lexi Allen of Atlantic.

In the fourth round, Fyock lost yet another close match to Shenandoah’s Hannah Dailey, 9-8 (7-1).

“Audrey had the tough challenge of playing No. 1 singles for us today,” Plymale said. “It was a very talented bracket. Her best match of the day was her second matchup against the No. 2-seed from Glenwood. It was a tight match that she unfortunately wasn’t able to close out on.”

The No. 1 doubles team of Caitlin McIlravy and Jenna Taylor picked up a win in its first round matchup against Leah Tjepkes and Lisa Gearheart of Atlantic, 8-4.

After losing their next two matches, McIlravy and Taylor won 8-3 in the fourth round against Taylor Boldt and Karla Knobbe of Carroll Kuemper Catholic.

“Caitlin and Jenna stepped up and played No. 1 doubles for us today after spending the entire season at No. 3 doubles,” Plymale said. “For the freshmen duo to go 2-2 in a No. 1 doubles bracket was a great achievement for this young team. They were competitive throughout each match.”

Hawkeye 10 Conference Tennis Tournament

Team standings — 1. Red Oak 30, 2. Glenwood 26, 3. Clarinda 24, 4. Shenandoah 16, 5. Creston 11, 5. Lewis Central 11, 7. Carroll Kuemper 9, 8. Harlan 8, 9. Denison-Schleswig 5, 10. Atlantic 4.

No. 1 Singles — Audrey Fyock (Cr) def. Teresa Arkfeld (Har), 8-4; Ons Soussi (Glen) def Fyock (Cr), 9-8 (7-4); Lexi Allen (Atl) def. Fyock (Cr), 8-6; Hannah Dailey (Shen) def. Fyock (Cr), 9-8 (7-1).

No. 1 Doubles — Caitlin McIlravy-Jenna Taylor (Cr) def. Leah Tjepkes-Lisa Gearheart (Atl), 8-4; Kayla Rogers-Krista Rogers (Clar) def. McIlravy-Taylor (Cr), 8-3; Alissa Andersen-Katie Duval (Har) def. McIlravy-Taylor (Cr), 8-2; McIlravy-Taylor (Cr) def. Taylor Boldt-Karla Knobbe (CK), 8-3.

No. 2 Singles — Sarah Cabeen (Clar) def. Emma Johnson (Cr), 8-6; Johnson (Cr) def. Paige Lashink (Den), 8-2; Johnson (Cr) def. Amy Epperson (LC), 8-5.

No. 2 Doubles — Ashley Harris-Alli Thomsen (Cr) def. Hope Bowker-Molly Welter (Atl), 8-3; Hannah Davison-Joselyn Pulliam (Clar) def. Harris-Thomsen (Cr), 9-8 (7-2); Harris-Thomsen (Cr) def. Coryn Steinkamp-Nicole Becker (CK), 8-6; Harris-Thomsen (Cr) def. Beth Wilson-Courtney Hays (Shen), 8-1.

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