WEBSTER CITY - Troublesome winds and the inability to hold onto leads led to a dual-meet loss for the Webster City girls' tennis team Friday afternoon at the WCHS courts.
Five matches were decided by one or two games, but the Lynx won just one of them in an 8-1 setback against North Polk.
"Right in the middle of the meet the wind really picked up and it got really cold," WCHS head coach Heather Kierzek said. "The girls have trouble playing in the wind, and they're also not used to being ahead."
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Kelsey Bahrenfuss sizes up a backhand during singles play against North Polk on Friday.
The WCHS doubles team of Kasey Adams and Cambria Hoffmann picked up the only victory; They knocked off Emily Stafford and Haley Free in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-3).
Adams dropped her No. 1 singles match to Stafford in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-2). Ariel Clabaugh at No. 3, Kelsey Bahrenfuss at No. 4 and Lynne Chalfant at No. 6 all fell by two games.
Lynx win regional opener
Friday at WCHS Courts
North Polk 8, Webster City 1
Emily Stafford (NP) def. Kasey Adams 9-8 (7-2); Haley Free (NP) def. Cambria Hoffmann 8-3; Nicole Schneider (NP) def. Ariel Clabaugh 9-7; Anna Washington (NP) def. Kelsey Bahrenfuss 8-6; Mallory Azes (NP) def. Abbey Groves 8-2; Rachel Reinke (NP) def. Lynne Chalfant 8-6.
Adams/Hoffmann (WC) def. Stafford/Free 9-8 (7-3); Schneider/Washington (NP) def. Clabaugh/Bahrenfuss 8-4; Azes/Reinke (NP) def. Groves/Nichole Goodrich 8-1.
Class 1A Regional Team Tennis
Region 3 at Waterloo
Webster City 5, Grundy Center 0
Kasey Adams (WC) def. Erica Papst 6-0, 6-0; Cambria Hoffmann (WC) def. Sarah Day 6-1, 6-0; Ariel Clabaugh (WC) def. Katelynn Coy 6-4, 6-3; Kelsey Bahrenfuss (WC) def. Heather Lamfers 7-5, 6-2; Lynne Chalfant (WC) def. Johna Ash 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.
Adams/Hoffmann (WC) def. Papst/Day 6-1, 6-1.
South Tama 5, Webster City 0
Kendra Bradley (ST) def. Adams 6-0, 6-0; Emily Martin (ST) def. Hoffmann 6-0, 6-0; Madison Baack (ST) def. Clabaugh 6-0, 6-2; Sarah Holtz (ST) def. Bahrenfuss 6-1, 6-1; Alexandrah Walker (ST) def. Groves 6-4, 6-0.
WATERLOO - Webster City blanked Grundy Center, 5-0, in the first round of a Class 1A regional team tournament here on Saturday, but the Lynx were on the receiving end of a 5-0 decision in the quarterfinals against South Tama.
Kasey Adams rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Erica Papst in the No. 1 slot to start the rout of Grundy Center. Cambria Hoffmann lost just one game in a straight sets win, while Ariel Clabaugh, Kelsey Bahrenfuss and Lynne Chalfant also won convincingly.
"It was good to get the win over Grundy Center to give us some confidence, but South Tama was just too strong throughout their entire lineup," Kierzek said.
South Tama surrendered just eight games en route to five consecutive straight sets singles wins.