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Trojanns Win Own Tennis Tourney


April 25th, 2011 by Jim Field

Atlantic Trojann Tennis Tourney (Saturday, April 23,2011)

Final Team Standings:

1. Atlantic 27
2. Clarinda 23
3. Harlan 20
4. Combined Team 18
T5. Des Moines Lincoln 17
T5. Lewis Central 17
7. Council Bluffs Lincoln 14
8. Atlantic JV 8

Championship Round:

#1 Singles Championship: Chelsy Petersen (Harlan) over Liz Metheny (Atlantic) 6-1, 6-2
Consolation Final:   Allie Parsons (Combined Team/Audubon) over Tori Dolch (Atlantic JV) 6-1, 6-1

#1 Doubles Championship:   Beth Reiter/Teal Driscoll (Clarinda) over Shelby Svoboda/Carli Thornton (Atlantic) 6-3, 6-2
Consolation Final:   Maddie Misfeldt/Natalie Burton (Lewis Central) over Emily Cox/Jess Sanders (DM Lincoln) 6-1, 6-4

#2 Singles Championship:   Carly Heese (Harlan) over Morgan Allen (Atlantic) 6-1, 6-2
Consolation Final:   Krista Rogers (Combined Team/Clarinda) over Andie Kerkhoff (Lewis Central) 10-6

#2 Doubles Championship:   Kristen Clement/Alyssa Alexander (Clarinda) over Beth Kucharo/Stephanie Sanders (DM Lincoln) 6-3, 6-1
Consolation Final:   Sarah Schreiner/Tierney Kamies (Atlantic) over Marlee Price/Leah Erickson (Lewis Central) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(6)

Atlantic individual results —

#1 Singles — 1st round Metheny over Savanna Dierks (CBAL) 6-0, 6-1
Semi-final Metheny over Tori Dolch (Atlantic JV) 6-1, 6-0
Final Petersen over Metheny

#1 Doubles — 1st round Svoboda/Thornton over Ashley Cross/Carly DeMarque (Combined Team) 6-0, 6-1
Semi-final Svoboda/Thornton over Cox/Sanders (DM Lincoln) 7-5, 6-2
Final Reiter/Driscoll over Svoboda/Thornton

#2 Singles — 1st round  Allen over Casey Dean (Clarinda) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(3)
Semi-final Allen over Rogers (Combined Team/Clarinda) 7-6(3), 6-4
Final Heese over Allen

#2 Doubles — 1st round Schreiner/Kamies over Emily Hundt/Shenandoah Campbell (Harlan) 7-5, 7-5
Semi-final Kucharo/Sanders (DM Lincoln) over Schreiner/Kamies 7-5, 6-3
Consolation final Schreiner/Kamies over Marlee Price/Leah Erickson (LC) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(6)

Coach Shawn Petersen’s Comments —

Overall I was proud of our girls — it wasn’t ideal conditions to play in, especially a long tournament, but the girls battled well and got some big wins for us; all of the girls on the varsity went 2-1 on the day, and all of them finishing in the top 3 of their brackets got us the overall team title.  It’s been quite a while since Atlantic won the Trojann, and it was definitely one of our stated goals from the first meeting of the year. Liz played extremely well all day, even in losing the final to a tough Petersen from Harlan.  Morgan at #2 had a tough draw, having to go through 2 Clarinda players to reach the final — quite a feat since they ended up 2nd as a team.  Morgan had to win 2 tiebreakers in order to get to the final, so I was very proud of her — probably our MVP on the day.  At #1 doubles, Carli and Shelby played very well all day long, and even in their finals loss, they played well enough to win against just about anyone else — Teal and Beth played lights-out so all credit goes to them.  At #2 doubles, Sarah and Tierney struggled throughout the day to find any rhythm, but found a way to gut out two wins and finish third overall.  Tori Dolch played in the #1 singles bracket for our JV team and had a good day, defeating a varsity player from LC in the opening round, rallying from down a set to win in a 3rd set tiebreaker.  She then ran into two awfully tough customers in Liz Metheny and Allie Parsons, but Tori played very well in those two defeats, earning a more-than-respectable 4th place.

Also playing for the JV team was Leah Tjepkes and Erika Lees at #1 Doubles, Hope Bowker at #2 Singles, and Haley Wright/Kaley Miller in #2 Doubles.

Note: The combined team was formed by Allie Parsons of Audubon and the top JV player from Clarinda, LC, AL, DM Lincoln, and Harlan.  They formed a team, and Atlantic JV had a team entered, due to Glenwood and Audubon High Schools withdrawing from the tournament due to spring break/Easter vacation at their schools.