Claire Breitenstein brought home a first-place medal from the Top Gun Tournament Saturday. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Going up against three of the best teams in the state, the Decorah girls tennis team had a tough day Saturday at the Top Gun Tournament in Waterloo.
The Vikes brought home three medals on the day, while taking fourth in team standings with 12 points. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the event with 32 points.
"When you play three of the better, possibly best teams in Iowa tennis, you better be prepared to face tough competition," said Coach Larry Berland. "The inexperienced Vikings improved all day but were just not able to win the close games and even up their match scores."
Each singles and doubles matches involved 12 total games. The winner was determined by total games won.
"If we had won 50 percent of the deuce games we played in, we would have brought home several more medals. The best example of that was Brianna Carolan in her match against the Columbus opponent. Bri had nine deuces and won only one of them. So the scores became lop-sided against us," said Berland.
Two singles players earned a medal. Playing at the No. 3 spot, Claire Breitenstein defeated Maggie Weber of Waterloo Columbus 8-4, Anna Riester of Cedar Rapids Kennedy 7-5 and Hayli Beeson of Ottumwa 9-3 to take first place.
No. 2 Maddie Grimm took the third-place medal. She lost to Waterlooo Columbus's Ashley Sunnit 1-11 and Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Sarah Losecki 0-12 before tying Ottumwa's Jennifer Klodt 6-6.
In the doubles matches, No. 2 Breitenstein and Laura Munkel came in second. They lost to Weber and Carli Sullivan from Waterloo Columbus 5-7 and Riester and Marisa DonDiego of Cedar Rapids Kennedy 3-9. They came back to tie Beeson and Sydney Grooms of Ottumwa 6-6.
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