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ELC battles at Lakes

By Staff | Apr 29, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Erin Olson earned Lakes Conference Honorable Mention at the conference tournament on Saturday in Spencer. EDN photo by David Swartz

SPENCER — While Spencer and Spirit Lake/Okoboji battled at the top of the Lakes Conference, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls tennis team was in a three-way battle for third.

The Midgettes came up a couple games short and placed fifth behind LeMars and Storm Lake which each won 81 games while ELC won 79 games.

“The girls did an outstanding job. Even though they placed fifth, they were just two points out of third,” said ELC coach Larry Kirchner. “With the team only having played one varsity match before this season, this bodes well for the future.”

Erin Olson, who plays the No. 6 singles in dual meets, played the No. 2 singles and placed third to earn honorable mention all-conference honors.

“She was within an eyelash of second place,” said Kirchner. “She played Spirit Lake/Okoboji’s Cassidy Clarity to tiebreaker and lost 7-5. There could’ve have been a three-way tie for first.”

Stephanie Wittmer took on the toughest singles players in the conference in the No. 1 singles break.

“Stephanie had one of her best matches against (Spencer’s) Hannah Maertens and took her to a tiebreaker,” said Kirchner. “She probably played some of her best tennis.”

Sara Chrestiansen and Kaylene Vos went 0-5 at the No. 1 doubles.

“They had several close matches,” said Kirchner. Against Storm Lake and Cherokee, they lost 5-4. They played well for their first time together.

At the No. 2 doubles, Emily Swalve and Morgan Kirchner went 3-2 to place third in that bracket.

“They lost to Spencer and spirit Lake/okoboji which I expected, but won 2-3 game against each,” said Kirchner. “They did a good job on the day.”