BY PCC STAFF
FAIRFIELD – The doubles team of Katie Larson and Hope Gray were the only FMHS girls to get out of the first round at the Class 1A regionals in Fairfield Thursday night.
The two got the best of Dayna Price and Camielle Schaefer of Fairfield in the first round, winning the first set 7-6 on an 8-6 point tiebreaker. The Bloodhound duo then rolled to a 6-1 easy win in the second set to face No. 1 seed Claire Hackenmiller and Lydia Becker of West Burlington/Notre Dame.
Larson, a junior, and Gray, a senior who’s committed to play tennis at Central College next year, took the first set off the top seeded Falcon duo, 6-4. But that would be the last set a Fort Madison team or player would win on the day as Hackenmiller and Becker took the next set 6-3 and the tie breaker 6-4. The WB/ND duo finished the region in 2nd place overall.
In other doubles action, Kearstyn Johnson and Larissa Ferrill ran into Keokuk’s Jakala Hall and Lauren Hasselbusch in the first round. The Keokuk duo ran to identical 6-3, 6-3 wins to bounce the Fort Madison girls.
“It’s not the results we were hoping for, but the girls played well today,” Head Coach Amy Doherty said. “Larissa and Kearstyn found a groove that will help them for next year. Katie and Hope played their hearts out but fell short in the third set.”
In singles action, Charissa Smith and Mercedee Doty each lost in the first round. Smith didn’t get a game off of Lauren DiIulio of Davenport Assumption losing 0-6, 0-6. DiIulio finished the regionals in fourth place. Doty took three games off Fairfield’s Ashley Pool but was downed 2-6, 1-6 to end her season.
Fairfield’s sophomore phenom Anatta Charoenkul, who finished as state runner up last year, breezed through the bracket dropping only two games on the day going 48-2 on the day.