At Boone Thursday, region singles and doubles tournament
Boone freshman crowned region champion!
Freshmen Emma Rose took gold in Thursday’s regional singles and doubles tournament in Boone. She won her finals match in singles by default after splitting sets with Emily Jurgensen from Ballard. Jurgensen had battled through long matches throughout the day and was unable to finish as Rose was leading 3-0 in the third and final set. Both girls will advance to the state tournament beginning on June 5th.
Rose started the day as the #3 seed in the tournament and cruised through her first two rounds with straight set victories over Carley Williamson from Audubon, and Sydney Samples from Saydel. Meanwhile, Mattie Potthoff from Carroll-Keumper upset #2 seed Brenna Ripp from Ballard in the quarter final round of the same bracket. In the semi’s, Rose faced Potthoff and started out strong quickly taking the first set, 6-0. Potthoff took momentum in the second set by forcing long rallies and hitting several deep shots that didn’t allow Rose to finish points. Rose dropped the second set, 3-6. However, in the third, Rose stepped up her aggressiveness and attacked the defensive strategy of her opponent. The third set went quickly as Rose was able to close out rallies by hitting winners and forcing Potthoff to make errors while winning it, 6-2.
Comment: “Emma did a great job of getting back on offense in the final set. She had let the Kuemper girl keep her behind the baseline in the second, and she wasn’t able to set up her points very well. She went after her in the third and basically took control of every point. Emma knew winning this match would send her to state, and she was up for the challenge.”
As Rose headed for the finals, Emily Jurgensen was riding a hot streak of her own through the tournament. Unseeded at the beginning of the day, Jurgensen defeated the #4 and #1 seeds to make the finals against Rose. Jurgensen controlled the first set and Rose had to adjust to her opponent’s strategy. Rose was again up for the challenge as she forced Jurgensen to play more from the baseline, and stepped up her own aggressiveness. After winning the second set 6-1, the girls took the court for the third set after a 10 minute break. Rose once again was on the attack, and Jurgensen defaulted after the third game due to fatigue.
Comment: “After the first set, Emma and I talked about how she had already achieved her goal of making state and there was no pressure. She went out and threw every shot in her arsenal at Jurgensen and was able to wear her down after a long day. We have to give Jurgensen a ton of credit though, she played through the toughest draw of the day to make the finals, and she kept up the fight against Emma. Emma did an excellent job of staying focused on her game in the final and continuing to work through the points to come back in the second set. Both girls will be excellent representatives of our region at state.”
In other singles action, Breanna Sterenberg breezed past her first round opponent in straight sets and faced #1 Libby Bemis from Clarke in the second round. Sterenberg jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead as Bemis was not prepared for her aggressive style. Bemis stepped her game and came back to take the lead 4-3 at the midpoint of the first set. Sterenberg traded games with her and was down 5-6 with the advantage on the second deuce point of the game. Sterenberg advanced to the net during that point and was forcing Bemis to play defense as they traded shots. Sterenberg just missed with an overhead that would have tied the set 6-6, and Bemis was able to win the deuce point soon after to win the first set 7-5. In the second, Bemis took control and hit several passing shots and winners while never allowing Breanna to get into her points. Sterenberg lost the second set, 0-6.
Comment: “Breanna was looking for the upset going into this match, and Bemis really had to step up her game to win. There were excellent points scored by both girls in the first set, but Bemis’s experience definitely showed as the match progressed. Breanna has had a strong season in singles, and she always goes after her opponents.”
In doubles, Jenny Behn and Sierra Leeds cruised past their first round opponents, but were unable to make the semi-finals, losing in three sets to Ballard’s Meredith Ossian and Olivia Astarita. Morganne Borsh and Carlie Romig also won their first round match, but were unable to overcome the #1 doubles seed from Creston in the second round.
“It was good that all the girls were able to get a win today. While we were hoping to get more girls into the semi-final rounds, we are not done as a team yet and will be playing at Ballard on Saturday for the team region title. All of the girls were very happy for Emma and did a great job supporting her during her final two matches. Emma really responds to her teammates and it showed as she was able to come back to win both late matches. It was great day for Emma, and our team as we ended the day with a Boone girl at the top.”
|Region 2 Girls Tennis Tourney|
|W/L||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3|
|Doubles||Doubles Champions: Audrey Fyock/Jenna Taylor – Creston|
|Jenny Behn(12)/Sierra Leeds(12) vs.||2nd Place: Meredith Ossian/Olivia Astarita – Ballard|
|Kuemper: Nichols(10)/Nuemayer(12)||W||6-2||6-2||3rd Place: Alex Peterson/Rylee Cahill – Ballard|
|Ballard: Meredith Ossian(10/Olivia Astarita(10)||L||0-6||6-2||2-6|
|Carlie Romig(10)/Morganne Borsh(9) vs.|
|Creston: Audrey Fyock(10)/Jenna Taylor(10)||L||1-6||2-6|
|W/L||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3|
|Emma Rose(9) vs.|
|Audubon: Carley Williamson(12)||W||6-0||6-0||Singles Champion: Emma Rose – Boone|
|Saydel: Sydney Samples(11)||W||6-0||6-1||2nd Place: Emily Jurgensen – Ballard|
|Keumper: Mattie Potthoff(12)||W||6-0||3-6||6-2||3rd Place: Libby Bemis – Clarke|
|Ballard: Emily Jurgensen(10)||W||2-6||6-1||DF|
|Breanna Sterenberg(10) vs.|
|Audubon: Kayla Inman(12)||W||6-0||6-0|
|Clarke: Libby Bemis(12)||L||5-7||6-0|