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Ballard’s Jurgensen places eighth at state

Emily Jurgensen
Emily Jurgensen

Ballard’s Emily Jurgensen went 2-3 to place eighth in singles competition at the Class 1A state singles tournament last Thursday and Friday at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City.

In the first round, Jurgensen was handed 6-1 and 6-2 losses by eventual third-place finisher Alison Jasper of Cedar Rapids Xavier. But Jurgensen came back in the consolation first round to whip Oskaloosa’s Jamie Stewart.

Jurgensen swept Stewart by identical 6-1 scores in two sets to advance to the consolation quarterfinals, where she went up against old rival Emma Rose of Boone. Rose had defeated Jurgensen in the regional finals, but Jurgensen turned the tables at state.

In the rematch at state Jurgensen disposed of Rose in the exact same manner she took care of Stewart, winning two 6-1 sets to advance to the consolation semifinals.

Red Oak’s Paige Vannausdle was Jurgensen’s opponent in the consolation semifinals. Vannausdle defeated Jurgensen in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-1.

That put Jurgensen in the seventh-place match against Waverly-Shell Rock’s Hannah Fox. Fox won a hotly-contested battle, as Jurgensen took the first set by a 6-4 score, but Fox came back with a 6-3 win and then won the tiebreaker, 10-8, to claim victory.

Jurgensen became the first Bomber to place at state since Kristy Carr took fourth in 1A at the 2011 meet. Davenport Assumption’s Haley Resnick defeated Red Oak’s Kate Walker for the 1A singles title.

Ballard’s team of Meredith Ossian and Olivia Astarita competed in the 1A doubles competition at state.

In the first round they suffered 6-3 and 6-2 losses to Dubuque Wahlert’s tandem of Elizabeth and Caroline Ott. The Otts went on to win the 1A doubles championship.

Ossian and Astarita suffered a three-set loss to Ashley Maley and Kayla Reusche of Waverly-Shell Rock in the consolation first round. Ossian and Astarita won the first set, 6-3, but lost the second by a 6-4 score. Maley and Reusche then claimed the tiebreaker by a 10-3 margin.

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