All four players from Camanche remained alive, and three of them advanced to the semifinals on Thursday’s first day of action at the Iowa Class 1A girls tennis state tournament.
Two-time singles state champion Chelsea Moore advanced to today’s semifinal round on the University of Iowa’s tennis complex courts. The Indians’ second singles entry, Jalyn Deering, was beaten in the quarterfinals but advanced to the consolation semifinals and will finish in the top eight today.
The Camanche doubles team of Ashtyn Dixon and Tiana Bark was victorious in both first-round and quarterfinals play, advancing to today’s semifinals with hopes of repeating as state champions.
Moore, the No. 2 seed, opened by defeating Ellen Chalstrom of Fort Dodge St. Edmond 6-2, 6-0, moving into the quarterfinals, where she captured a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Chelsy Petersen of Harlan. The wins ran Moore’s record for the year to 23-0 and her career mark to 111-1.
“Chelsea did a nice job playing against some scrappy players that got to everything,” Camanche coach Erin Montgomery said.
Deering didn’t lose a game in her first-round match, beating Liz Cooper of Red Oak 6-0, 6-0. She lost in the quarterfinals to No. 1-seeded Sarah Dalton of Dubuque Wahlert, the defending state champion, 6-0, 6-1. Dalton defeated Moore in last year’s championship match, 6-4, 6-3.
Deering bounced back in the consolation quarterfinals, beating Chalstrom, Moore’s first-round opponent, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (7).
“I'm very proud of the way Jalyn played today,” Montgomery said. “She really showed mental toughness in her comeback in her consolation match. She could have easily given up, but she persevered.”
Dixon and Bark were 6-4, 6-0 winners over Red Oak’s Kael Piller and Brittany Walker in first round 1A doubles competition. The Camanche duo sidelined Atlantic’s Liz Metheny and Megan Hoehns in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-1.
Ashtyn and Tiana started a little slow this morning, but really picked up their game in their afternoon match,” Montgomery said.