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Ballard tops Boone to reach state

NORWALK – The Ballard girls’ tennis team saw its undefeated run come to a close Tuesday as the Bombers were handed a 5-0 loss by Red Oak in the Class 1A state team tournament first round.

Ballard suffered losses in five singles matches and the meet was called at the conclusion of the No. 5 match as Red Oak clinched the victory.

Emily Jurgensen put together a great fight for Ballard in her opening set of the No. 2 match versus Red Oak’s Grace Blomstedt. Jurgensen suffered a 7-6 loss and then dropped the second set by a 6-0 score.

Meredith Ossian also played tough for Ballard in the No. 5 match. Ossian suffered losses by scores of 6-4 and 6-3 to Red Oak’s Macayla Taylor.

Ballard ended the season with an impressive 12-1 record.

Red Oak 5, Ballard 0

Singles: 1. Kate Walker (RO) defeated Brenna Ripp (B); 6-1, 6-1. 2. Grace Blomstedt (RO) defeated Emily Jurgensen (B); 7-6, 6-0. 3. Paige Vannausdle (RO) defeated Alex Petersen (B); 6-2, 6-1. 4. Erica Sherman (RO) defeated Rylee Cahill (B); 6-1, 6-3. 5. Macayla Taylor (RO) defeated Meredith Ossian (B); 6-4, 6-3.

HUXLEY – Ballard advanced to the first round of the Class 1A state team tournament with a 5-2 victory over Boone in the regional finals Saturday in Huxley.

Ballard took four of six singles matches then swept Boone in the only doubles match to wrap-up the victory and improve to 12-0 on the season.

In singles competition Emily Jurgensen won the No. 2 match over Boone’s Sierra Leeds in a competitive battle. Jurgensen won a tiebreaker in the first set to claim a 7-6 victory and she then scored a 6-4 victory in the second set.

Alex Petersen swept Boone’s Jenny Behn by 6-3 and 6-4 scores in the No. 3 match and Meredith Ossian pulled off a pair of 6-2 wins over the Toreadors’ Carlie Romig in the No. 5 match. Olivia Astarita whipped Boone’s Bridget Good by 6-2 and 6-0 scores in the No. 6 match to leave Ballard needing only one win in doubles play to earn the victory.

Astarita teamed with Ossian to pick up that victory. In the only completed doubles match they swept Romig and Morganne Borsh by identical 6-3 scores in two sets.

Ballard 5, Boone 2

Singles: 1. Emma Rose (Bo) defeated Brenna Ripp (B); 6-4, 7-5, 1-0 (8). 2. Emily Jurgensen (B) defeated Sierra Leeds (Bo); 7-6 (3), 6-4. 3. Alex Petersen (B) defeated Jenny Behn (Bo); 6-3, 6-4. 4. Brenna Sterenberg (Bo) defeated Rylee Cahill (B); 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9). 5. Meredith Ossian (B) defeated Carlie Romig (Bo); 6-2, 6-2. 6. Olivia Astarita (B) defeated Bridgett Good (Bo); 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles: Ossian and Astarita (B) defeated Romig and Morganne Borsh; 6-3, 6-3.

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