NORWALK — The Little Hawkeye Conference girls tennis teams were in Norwalk on Monday for the Conference tournament. Oskaloosa would ride a trio of top three finishes on their way to the team title while Pella finished third and Pella Christian took sixth.
“As coaches, we couldn’t be more proud of this group of girls for their effort today and to be conference champions,” Oskaloosa head coach Bryan Kime said.
The Indians were led by the lengthy doubles team of Aubree Blanco and Amanda Fay in the No. 2 doubles flight. The two earned the two seed in the bracket and showed why with wins of 6-0, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-1 on tier way to the finals. There would control play again on their way to the title.
“They took complete control of this match to win the No. 2 doubles flight,” Kime said. “They played very smart and consistent tennis today.”
In the No. 1 doubles, Lucy Roach and Presley Blommers put together another great day after entering as the sixth seed. The duo played three consecutive matches that they came back after losing the first set to force a third set tiebreaker. The first two matches they won 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (9) and 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6) but they would lose a close one in the finals 6-0, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (7) to take second place.
McKenna Schaffner showed well as the No. 2 singles player for the Indians. She opened with a 6-2, 6-3 win before falling to the eventually flight winner in a third set tiebreaker to send her to the third place match. There she would bounce back nicely to win a third set tiebreaker 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (6).
Jillian Jennings had an up and down day as the No. 1 singles for Oskaloosa. She lost her opening match but bounced back nicely in her second match with a 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (7) win to put her in the fifth place match. There she would fall in a third set tiebreaker to take sixth.
Pella secured third place and finished just four points behind Oskaloosa.
The Lady Dutch got a pair of second place finishes in singles play. Emily Blom rolled to wins of 6-0, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-1 on her way to the first flight singles finals but would fall 6-3, 6-3 in the title match to take second. As the top seed, Alloree Else earned a first round bye in the first flight of singles and won her first match of the day 6-0, 6-2 to put her in the finals. But she would fall in a pair of close sets 6-4, 7-6 (4) to take silver.
In No. 2 doubles play, Noelle Ruckman and Jade Chapman opened with a 6-3, 6-0 win before dropping their second match in a third set tiebreaker. Ruckman and Chapman then bounced back with a 6-3, 6-2 win to take third place.
Rounding out the day was Amelia Poe and Allie Singer, who fell in their first two matches to take seventh place.
Pella Christian took sixth on the day but did bring home one title.
The No. 1 doubles team of Megan Kramer and Kelly Van Wyk played some really good tennis on the day. They earned a first round bye as the top seed and started their day in the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 win. In the finals, they would edge Osky’s Roach and Blommers with a 6-0, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (7) win to take first.
The Eagles’ No. 2 doubles team of Sydney Van Arendonk and Claire Vander Molen had a solid day. They opened well with a 6-2, 6-3 win before falling in their second match to put them in the third place match. There they fell 6-3, 6-2 to take fourth.
Katy Roose and Adrienne Vander Molen both fell in their first two singles matches of the day to take seventh place.
All three teams will be in action on Saturday for the first two rounds of team regionals.
1. Oskaloosa (36), 2. Indianola (32), 3. Pella (32), 4. Grinnell (28), 5. Newton (25), 6. Pella Christian (23), 7. Norwalk (22)