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SL-O netters advance

By Staff | Jun 4, 2010

IOWA CITY – The Lakes Conference, including Spirit Lake-Okoboji’s three state qualifiers, are doing well at the 2010 Class 1A Girls Singles and Doubles Tennis Tournament.

The doubles team of Aubry Kolegraff and Alli Gerking made it through day one of the tournament with a 2-1 record as did singles player K.J. Veldman. All will continue play today to see how how they can place.

SLO coach Bob O’Hara said he thought the region they came out of, was the only one with all its qualifiers making the top eight. LeMars’ Natalie Miller and the Estherville Lincoln Central doubles team also advanced through day one of play.

For SLO, Gerking and Kolegraff are the experienced team with the two juniors qualifying for state for the third straight year.

They began the day with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Western Dubuque’s Hannah Hingtgen and Trudy Ostwinkle in the first round, but lost in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4 to Katie Garrett and Jessica Klieman of Waterloo Columbus.

In the consolation quarterfinals, the SLO pair defeated Lindsay McGonegle and Mary McCoy of Waterloo Columbus, 6-3, 6-4.

“Our doubles team did get tentative in that second match and that usually comes back to bite you,” said O’Hara. “But they returned serve well and they didn’t beat themselves-they made the other team beat them.”

Meanwhile Veldman lost her opening match 6-4, 6-4 to Harlan’s Chelsy Petersen. Veldman came back in consolation with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kylar McCann of Clarke and then won 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7) over No. 4 seed Anne Nora of Waterloo Columbus.

O’Hara said Veldman played “average” and her lob let her down at times.

“But her competitiveness overpowered the fact she wasn’t playing her best,” said O’Hara. “Her second set against Anne was her best tennis of the day.”

Kolegraff and Gerking continue play today against ELC’s Erin Olson and Kaylene Vos at 9:30 a.m.

O’Hara said there will be a level of comfort for both teams in playing a familiar opponent. The winner continues through the consolation bracket while the loser will play in the seventh-place match.

Veldman will take on Camanche’s Jalyn Deering.