The Western Dubuque girls’ tennis team ended its season with a 5-0 loss to Cedar Rapids Washington in the Class 2A Regional Semi-Final match at Pleasant Valley, May 22.
At No. 1 singles, Meg Besler lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Kathryn Zylstra. At No. 2 singles, Katelynn Kock defeated Maci Steffen, 6-0, 6-0. Meredith Hoerner lost at No. 3 singles to Liberty Wickham, 6-2, 6-0, while Ellie McDermott lost, 6-0, 6-0, to Josie Norris in No. 4 singles. The No. 6 match between Sara Horsfield and Chloe Palmer was a DNF.
Coach Sam Nieman said, “We finished out an eventful season on Saturday against a very talented Washington team. Overall we were very competitive, even if our record doesn’t always reflect that. We lost four duals 4-5, and if we even get a couple of those wins, our record looks a lot different. Regardless, the girls played extremely hard all year, and we saw incredible growth from March 15th to May 22nd. We want to thank all of our seniors for the work they’ve put in since their freshman year. It’s been an absolute joy to coach all of them, and we wish them all the best of luck as they move on from high school. We look forward to bringing back a tough junior class next year, along with some really talented underclassmen.”
In the Class 2A Regional individual and doubles matches at Pleasant Valley, May 19, the Bobcats battled in a stacked regional, but came away with no state qualifiers.
Besler was seeded fourth in singles and was the beneficiary of a first-round bye. But in her second-round match, she lost in three sets to Davenport West’s Molly Dailey. Besler won the first set, 6-1, but lost the next two, 6-1, 6-4.
Maddie Heiderscheit defeated Grace Hecox from Burlington, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round. In the next round, Heiderscheit lost in straight sets to Ella Gilbert of Iowa City Liberty, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles action, McDermott and Lilli Wessels lost to Burlington’s Emily Mosley and Macy McGinity in three sets. The Bobcat duo won the first set, 6-4, before dropping the next two, 6-3, 6-4.
Steffen and Horsfield lost to Aarya Joshi and Shravani Inampudi of Pleasant Valley, 6-2, 6-3.
Nieman said, “Overall it wasn’t our best day of tennis, but we were sent to a loaded regional with two top-eight 2A teams, along with Iowa City Liberty, who has a very tough No. 1 player. We would have needed to play our best tennis all day to qualify someone for state, and unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”