FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison girls tennis team competed at team regionals Monday at Fort Madison High School.
The Bloodhounds were able to collect an opening round victory over Southeast conference foe Keokuk, but Davenport Assumption took the team title with the final of 5-1 over Fort Madison in the championship round.
Davenport Assumption and Burlington Notre Dame started the tournament, as Assumption went on to blank BND 5-0.
Much like Assumption, Fort Madison swept its opening match 5-0 against the Chiefs.
Every Bloodhound won in straight sets Monday. At No. 1, Larissa Ferrill downed Keokuk’s Keleigh Hall 6-4, 6-2. Lanie Kuntz at No. 2 for Fort Madison breezed through her set even faster, sweeping Keokuk’s Emma Evans 6-0, 6-0.
Zoe Ramatowski allowed a single game to her opponent, picking up the 6-1, 6-0 win over Keokuk’s Kierra Huddleston, putting Fort Madison up 3-0. Kirklynn Nafziger had no issue with Julia de Gala, blanking the Chief’s No. 4 for a 6-0, 6-0 win. Lily Cadwallader followed suit at No. 5, shutting out Delaynee Billings to give the Bloodhounds the 5-0 first round sweep.
Fort Madison met Assumption in the finals. Ferrill and Lauren Dilulio were very evenly matched, taking the No. 1 singles into a tiebreaker. Ferrill was the lone Bloodhound to collect a win in the team finals, downing Dililio 10-8 win in the extra court time.
Caroline Bush got the best of Kuntz at No. 2 singles, dropping Kuntz in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
Zoe Ramatowski was able to put points on the board at No. 3, but was overpowered by Assumption’s Julia Thomas 6-1, 6-1. Kirklynn Nafziger was able to come up with six points in her two sets, but Davenport’s Ellie Molyneauz was too much, coming away with the 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Lily Cadwallader was close to giving Fort Madison its second win in the championship round, forcing Davenport’s Audrey Jestel into a tiebreaker. Jestel got the better of Cadwallader however, taking the tiebreaker 10-8.
Alyse Schmidt had the final match for Fort Madison, but much like her teammates, she drew a difficult matchup. Davenport’s Faith Resnick downed Schmidt 6-0, 6-0, giving Assumption the 5-1 team win and the team regional crown.
The Bloodhounds next take the court Saturday, May 18, at the girls tennis varsity regional meet.