Herald Staff Report

Camanche earned a repeat trip to the state semifinals as a team in girls tennis competition Wednesday, but Clinton was derailed by Bettendorf 5-1 as the host Bulldogs reached the final four for the second year in a row.

Camanche improved to 14-0 in duals with a 5-0 win against Fairfield Maharishi to win the Class 1A Region 4 team title at Iowa City High. The Indians will defend their team state title a week from Saturday in Johnston after individual competition the previous two days.

“This was another great victory for the team,” Camanche coach Erin Montgomery said. “The girls are very excited about being back out for the state finals. Their goal is obviously to defend their state title.”

None of the Camanche players lost more than three games in the completed matches as each of them pulled off straight-set wins in the top five flights of singles. Ashtyn Dixon, playing at No. 2, led the way as she dropped just one game in beating Minna Mohammadi 6-0, 6-1. Mohammadi and Angela Sickler are potential second-round opponents for Dixon and Tiana Bark at next week’s state doubles tournament.

Montgomery also cited Bark, who beat Mollie Cutler 6-1, 6-1.

“Tiana Bark played great tennis today in her match,” Montgomery said.

This year’s 1A final four will look familiar to Camanche. The two teams it beat last year, Dubuque Wahlert and Red Oak, advanced, and the fourth state qualifier, Waterloo Columbus, will play for a regional title today.

Half the field will return for the Class 2A final four, as well, with Bettendorf joining Ames at next weekend’s meet in Iowa City. The Bulldogs continued their season-long success against Clinton on Wednesday in Bettendorf. Bettendorf also beat Clinton in a dual match early in the season and finished ahead of the River Queens as the teams went 1-2 at the Mississippi Athletic Conference tournament.

The River Queens did win at No. 1 singles, as conference champion Julia Vodislav beat Stowe Heiderscheit 6-1, 6-0 in a repeat of their match in the MAC semifinals.

But the Bulldogs won the other five singles matches to clinch the win without the need to play in doubles. Bettendorf pulled out three close matches to win at Nos. 4, 5 and 6. The River Queens won at least seven games in each of those flights and combined for 10 more wins than they recorded at the conference meet.

All of the singles matchups were repeats of either semifinals or championships at the MAC meet, and only one had a different outcome. In that one, Brooke Johnson of Bettendorf turned around a three-set loss to Sarah Massey to win 6-0, 6-1 in the rematch.

The season will continue for three members of the River Queens next Thursday at state competition. Vodislav and Massey are the fourth seeds in doubles, and Megan Determan will compete in singles.



No. 1 — Chelsea Moore (C) def. Angela Sickler 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 — Ashtyn Dixon (C) def. Minna Mohammadi 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 — Tiana Bark (C) def. Mollie Cutler 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 — Lindsey Nissen (C) def. Nofiya Denbaum 6-1, 6-1; No. 5 — Jalyn Deering (C) def. Leya Alderfer 6-2, 6-1. No. 6 — Jenna Paysen (C) vs. Kenzie Wacknov not completed.

Doubles were not played.



No. 1 — Julia Vodislav (C) def. Stowe Heiderscheit 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 — Kristin Barnes (B) def. Megan Determan 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 — Brooke Johnson (B) def. Sarah Massey 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 — Hanane Bouchareb (B) def. Jenny Vens 6-2, 7-5; No. 5 — Jenna Fussell (B) def. Megan Goetzl 7-5, 6-3; No. 6 — Sarah Buck (B) def. Alison Howard 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles were not played.

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