By LARRY PETERSON
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COUNCIL BLUFFS — Led by two runner-up finishes, the Creston/O-M girls tennis team secured one of its highest all-time places in the Hawkeye 10 Conference girls tennis championships.
The Panthers were third with 18 points as Red Oak won its 15th straight championship with 29 points. Clarinda took second with 21.
Taking second for the Panthers were Jenna Taylor in No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Alli Thomsen and Angela Sorensen.
Also placing was senior Audrey Fyock, taking fifth in a rugged No. 1 singles field won by Lewis Central’s Abby Bergsten.
Red Oak claimed titles in both doubles divisions. In singles, Bergsten and Clarinda’s Sarah Cabeen repeated in their respective divisions. It was Bergsten’s third straight title.
Creston/O-M coach Kevin Cooper said the team got some of the highest seeds he remembers for the Panther girls, which set up the team for success.
“I could not be more proud of what our team has accomplished this year,” Cooper said. “By tennis standards were are still a young team with four sophomores, a junior and one senior in our top six. They took third place in a quality tournament. We left a few points out there on the court, but at the end of the day it was a very successful day for us.”
Taylor reached the finals at No. 2 singles with a pair of lopsided victories before falling 8-5 to Clarinda’s Cabeen.
“Jenna came up just short of her goal of winning the No. 2 singles bracket, but she came up huge for our team in scoring seven points,” Cooper said. “It was a very close match where the last five games were back and forth. She worked very hard in the offseason and has had a great season at No. 2 for us.”
Fyock scored four points in placing fifth at No. 1 singles, winning twice after a first-round loss to fourth-place Nicole Becker of Kuemper.
“For Audrey to regroup and win two matches in the consolation bracket was huge for us,” Cooper said. “She has provided great leadership for our team the past four years and has had a very solid career.”
Thomsen and Sorensen got the third seed at No. 2 doubles and exceeded that by scoring seven points as the runner-up team. They allowed only one point in cruising through two matches before falling to the Red Oak duo of Kate Walker and Sarah Behrens, 6-2, 6-1.
“What a great doubles team Alli and Angela have been for us this year,” Cooper said. “They came in today 6-1 on the year together. They played really well and beat the No. 2 seed from Denison, 8-0. They were a huge part in our success today.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Caitlin McIlravy and Ashley Harris went 1-2 for the day, falling twice after an 8-2 first-round victory.
“Today was a tough day for Caitlin and Ashley,” Cooper said. “They had a difficult task since they had only played with each other twice this year. They have both worked very hard this year and have had very good seasons. We are excited about having them back next year.”
Girls individual regional play for Creston/O-M will be Thursday at Boone.
“Hopefully we can use some of these experiences this week at districts and then use all of our momentum to have a great summer of work and then back at it next spring,” Cooper said.
Girls Hawkeye 10
Team scoring — 1. Red Oak 29; 2. Clarinda 21; 3. Creston/O-M 18; 4. (tie) Carroll Kuemper Catholic and Shenandoah 16; 6. Lewis Central 12; 7. (tie) Denison-Schleswig and Glenwood 10; 9. Harlan 7; 10. Atlantic 4; 11. Council Bluffs St. Albert 1.
No. 1 singles — 1. Abby Bergsten, Lewis Central; 2. Paige Vannausdle, Red Oak; 3. Jana King, Glenwood; 4. Nicole Becker, Kuemper; 5. Audrey Fyock, Creston/O-M; 6. Kayla Rogers, Clarinda.
Nicole Becker (CK) def. Audrey Fyock (Cr), 8-5; Fyock (Cr) def. Jordan Major (Shen), 8-6; Fyock (Cr) def. Kayla Rogers (Clar), 8-4.
No. 2 singles — 1. Sarah Cabeen, Clarinda; 2. Jenna Taylor, Creston/O-M; 3. Micayla Taylor, Red Oak; 4. Sarah Wood, Shenandoah; 5. Mattie Potthoff, Kuemper; 6. Sam Umberger, Glenwood.
Jenna Taylor (Cr) def. Mattie Potthoff (CK), 8-1; Taylor (Cr) def. Sarah Wood (Shen), 8-2; Sarah Cabeen (Clar) def. Taylor (Cr), 8-5.
No. 1 doubles 1. Grace Blomstedt-Erica Sherman, Red Oak; 2. Hannah Dailey-Heidi Fichter, Shenandoah; 3.Emma Pullen-Abby Brown, Clarinda; 4. Amber Hrabik-Jacque Ingram, Denison-Schleswig; 5. Karla Kobbe-Taylor Boldt, Kuemper; 6. Leah Tjepkes-Lexi Allen, Atlantic.
Caitlin McIlravy-Ashley Harris (Cr) def. V. Croawscow-K. Luke (SA), 8-2; Erica Sherman-Grace Blomstedt (O) def. McIlravy-Harris (Cr), 8-1; Lexi Allen-Leah Tjepkes (Atl) def. McIlravy-Harris (Cr), 8-4.
No. 2 doubles — 1. Kate Walker-Sarah Behrens, Red Oak; 2. Alli Thomsen-Angela Sorensen, Creston/O-M; 3. Katie DuVal-Jess DuVal, Harlan; 4. Shalma Ibarra-Olivia Ipsen, Denison-Schleswig; 5. Ashley Nordhues-Emma Steeve, Clarinda; 6. Sara Langel-Jenni Neumeyer, Kuemper.
Alli Thomsen-Angela Sorensen (Cr) def. Ashley Nordhues-Emma Steeve (Clar), 8-1; Thomsen-Sorensen (Cr) def. Ibera-Ipsen (D-S), 8-0; Kate Walker-Sarah Behrens (RO) def. Thomsen-Sorensen (Cr), 6-2, 6-1.