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Heating up

By Staff | May 11, 2010

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Erin Olson took first place in the No. 2 singles bracket at the Spencer Tennis Tournament on Saturday. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

SPENCER – Bundeled up to fight the freezing temperatures, the Estherville Lincoln Central girls tennis team had no problem staying warm as the Midgettes burnt through the competition at the Spencer Tennis Tournament on Saturday.

ELC earned two championships in the tournament to go along with one second place finish and three third place finishes. The Midgettes finished in a tie for third with Spencer with 48 points despite not fielding a No. 2 doubles team.

“The girls played really well,” said ELC coach Larry Kirchner. “We should have probably finished in second place but not fielding that doubles team hurt us overall.”

Erin Olson earned the Midgettes lone singles championship in the No. 2 singles bracket going 3-0 on the day.

Olson began her championship quest with a 7-4 victory overEmily Rasmussen of Fort Dodge before defeating Shirley Coenen of Spirit Lake-Okoboji convincingly, 9-2.

Olson kept her momentum heading into the championship match with Spencer’s Abby Bedore, winning by a score of 9-2.

In No. 3 doubles, the duo of Emily Swalve and Morgan Kirchner also earned a championship by going 3-0 on the day.

Swalve and Kirchner defeated Sioux City West’s tandem of Caddisy Alejo and Morgan Soloman by score of 10-1 before defeating SL-O’s Shirley and Hannah Coenen 8-3 to advance to the championship.

The two Midgettes were dominant in their final match, defeating Spencer’s Sara VanBerkum and Brooke Baschke, 6-1.

Keslie McCauley earned second place in the No. 5 singles bracket by going 2-1 in the tournament.

McCauley defeated Fort Dodge’s Kristen Kuhlman 9-2 and Sioux City Heelan’s Magge McDevitt in a 10-8 tiebreaker before falling to Sioux City North’s Kamryn Kletschke 7-4 in the championship.

Emily Swalve took third place in the No. 4 singles bracket by defeating Sioux City North’s Abby Berenstien 11-0 and Morgan Kirchner took third in the No. 6 singles bracket by defeating Sioux City North’s Cortney Kelsey 9-2.

The duo of Erin Olson and Kaylene Vos also placed third for ELC in No. 1 doubles.

Vos placed fifth in No. 3 singles by defeating Sioux City West’s Alice Gerhardt and Lexie Hash took seventh in No. 1 singles by defeating Spencer’s Mindy Lovan 9-2.