IOWA CITY — Senior Audrey Fyock and sophomore Jenna Taylor gained what is believed to be Creston’s first-ever girls doubles victory in state tennis Thursday before falling out of contention with two defeats.
Creston tennis history in doubles includes participation by Kelly Reed and Janelle Johnson in 1980 and 1981, with Johnson-Henley saying Thursday night they did not win in the one-class meet. Becci Kouri with Janelle Holm played at state in 1983.
But it wasn’t until the 2014 entry by Fyock and Taylor that history was made, as the Panther regional champions defeated Ryan Petlevich and Hanna Schoning of Spirit Lake-Okoboji 6-2, 6-3. The win came five days after Garret Taylor’s highest boys state placing (fifth) in Creston boys singles.
Petlevich and Schoning closed Creston’s 4-1 lead to 4-3 midway through the second set, but Fyock and Taylor sealed the victory by taking the next two games.
“The day started great for Audrey and Jenna as they played great shots and were very consistent,” Creston/O-M coach Kevin Cooper said.
In the quarterfinals the Panther duo drew the No. 1 seeded 1A doubles team in Lindsey Grams and Kylie Vogel of Camanche.
Fyock and Taylor lost 6-3, 6-0, but the final score doesn’t show how close they were to contending in the first set. Fyock and Taylor broke Grams and Vogel’s serve to close it to 4-3, and were then serving at 40-30 to tie the set at 4-4.
Instead, the Camanche duo came back to win that game for a 5-3 lead, and finished it at 6-3.
While trailing 2-0 in set two, the Panther team was up 40-15 with a good chance to cut it to 2-1, but again lost a deuce game to fall behind 3-0, and lost another deuce game to trail 4-0. That’s when Grams and Vogel carried that momentum for the final two games.
“We really payed well even though the score may not show it,” Cooper said. “We had a chance to win the first set, but let a couple games slip away. After losing the first set, we just couldn’t regain momentum.”
That set up a third match of the day in a consolation elimination match against another regional champion team in Ashley Marley and Kayla Rescue of Waverly-Shell Rock. Fyock and Taylor could never catch a spark in falling in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3.
Marley and Rescue had gone to a third-set tiebreaker to get past the Ballard team that Taylor and Fyock dominated in the regional finals, yet they didn’t contend against the Waverly-Shell Rock duo in the match to stay alive for today’s action.
“The girls were disappointed in that one,” Cooper said. “We just couldn’t hit the ball inbounds. We struggled to get any consistency and had more unforced errors than usual.”
Still, Cooper was elated that his lone senior (Fyock) and a promising sophomore (Taylor) could experience the state tournament atmosphere at the University of Iowa Tennis Center.
“Audrey and Jenna have so much to be proud of in their accomplishments this year,” said Cooper, joined by assistant Amanda Plymale at Thursday’s tournament. “To make it to the state tournament, and win a match is a great way to end their year. Jenna can take something from this next year.
“It may have been our first (girls doubles) win, but it won’t be our last,” he said.
Hawkeye 10 results
Several other Hawkeye 10 players were busy in state tennis Thursday.
The 1A doubles bracket also included Erica Sherman and Grace Blomstedt of Red Oak, who won twice to advance to today’s semifinal round against the Camanche duo of Grams and Vogel.
Kayla Rogers and Sarah Cabeen of Clarinda went 1-2 in 1A doubles play.
In singles, Red Oak’s Kate Walker is a semifinalist today as the second seed. Her teammate, Paige Vannausdle, lost to defending champion Haley Resnick of Davenport Assumption but rallied to stay in contention in the consolation bracket.
Abby Bergsten of Lewis Central won her opening match at the Class 2A state tournament in Ames before losing to Judith Fan of Ames in the quarterfinals.
Class 1A doubles
First round — Audrey Fyock-Jenna Taylor (Creston/O-M) def. Ryan Petievich-Hanna Schoning (Spirit Lake-Okoboji) 6-2, 6-3; Erica Sherman-Grace Blomstedt (Red Oak) def. Chelsea Poesch-Emma Friedly (Waverly-Shell Rock) 6-0, 6-1; Lindsay McManus-Lauren McManus (Waterloo Columbus) def. Kayla Rogers-Sarah Cabeen (Clarinda) 6-0, 6-1.
Quarterfinals — Lindsey Grams-Kylie Vogel (Camanche) def. Audrey Fyock-Jenna Taylor (Creston/O-M) 6-3, 6-0; Erica Sherman-Grace Blomstedt (Red Oak) def. Gabby Greco-Maggie Weber (Waterloo Columbus) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Consolation first round — Kayla Rogers-Sarah Cabeen (Clarinda) def. Lakyn Boltz-Alexis Kemp (Keokuk) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (12).
Consolation quarterfinals — Gabby Greco-Maggie Weber (Waterloo Columbus) def. Kayla Rogers-Sarah Cabeen (Clarinda) 6-3, 7-6 (4); Ashley Maley-Kayla Reusche (Waverly-Shell Rock) def. Audrey Fyock-Jenna Taylor (Creston/O-M) 6-1, 6-3.