FM sends four to co-ed state tourney

DES MOINES – Fort Madison High School entered two doubles teams in the Iowa Co-Ed State Tennis Tournament Tuesday at Waveland Tennis Courts in Des Moines.
Fort Madison head girls tennis coach Amy Doherty took Sam Avery, Katie Larson, Austin Krueger, and Hope Gray to Des Moines.
Avery and Larson teamed up and Krueger and Gray were partnered for the event.
Krueger and Gray were eliminated  in their first match of the day by a team from Ballard 3-6, 2-6 in the best two of three sets. The two then played in an exhibition match against a team from Saydel and won 7-6 (7-4 tiebreak), 6-3.
 “It was a good experience and I wish I would have learned about it earlier,” Krueger said.
“It was a great experience to play with Austin. I never thought I’d play tennis with a boy,” Gray said.
Larson and Avery met the same fate as they, too, were eliminated by Shenandoah 2-6, 4-6. However, they were also able to win in exhibition when they dropped North Polk 6-2, 7-5.
“It was fun to play different teams and get used to how boys play,” said Larson after the match.
“It was a good experience to play with Katie and I hope we can do it again next year, Avery said. “It was good exposure to play against people we don’t usually see.”
The non-seeded random draw, one-day tournament had two sides to the bracket with the winners of each division meeting for the championship. Schools had to compete in the same division they competed in the regular season and each school could only enter two teams.



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