LE MARS - The Cherokee Washington High girls tennis team dropped a Class 2A Regional Team Tournament match to Sioux City Heelan here Saturday when the Crusaders won five of the nine matches being played to clinch the contest.
Cherokee's Megan Hummel is poised and ready to stroke a forehand during recent girls tennis action in Cherokee. Hummel won her singles match during her team's Regional Team Tennis loss to Sioux City Heelan in Le Mars Saturday. Photo by Mike Leckband
Heelan won four of six singles matches and then won at #2 doubles to seal the deal, with the remaining two doubles matches (#1, #3) in progress and then rendered moot once the magical five matches were achieved for Heelan.
In singles for Cherokee, Denise Freed lost 2-6, 1-6 to Cassie Stanek at #1; Taylor Meyerhofer lost 1-6, 0-6 to Mallery Sullivan at #2; Emily Estala lost 4-6, 6-7 (6-8 tiebreaker) to kathryn Hefferman at #3; Megan Carlson beat Morgan Froelich 6-3, 6-4 at #4; Brooke Luetkeman lost 4-6, 3-6 to Arianna Kefgen at #5; and Megan Hummel beat Ava Annen-Ryan 6-0, 6-1 at #6.
In doubles for WHS, Freed and Carlson trailed 2-6, 1-4 to Stanek and Sullivan at #1 when the match was called; Estala and Meyerhofer lost 3-6, 0-6 to Froelich and Kefgen at #2; and Luetkeman and Hummel led 6-2, 5-5 over Hefferman and Annen-Ryan at #3 when the match was called.
Megan Carlson strokes an overhead shot during recent tennis action. Carlson won her singles match in a team loss to Sioux City Heelan in Regionals Saturday. Photo by Mike Leckband
"The girls played very hard and did not give Heelan an easy win," said Cherokee coach Tricia Koster. "Play began at 9 a.m. and we finished at 2 p.m. Everyone played out long rallies and fought hard for every point. Individual game scores were a lot closer than the overall scores appear."