CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Washington continues to show the way in girls’ tennis.
Fresh off an undefeated Mississippi Valley Conference season, the Warriors easily dispatched both Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Iowa City West, each by scores of 5-0, to win a Class 2A girls’ team tennis regional Saturday at Kennedy.
“I feel a lot of the girls are all at the same level,” Washington Coach Liz Bertrand said. “So I could flip a coin and decide for the day where they would be playing. They all just come prepared and give it their all and that’s all I could ask.”
With the regional championship, Washington (17-0) advances to the 2A team state tournament, beginning Tuesday at North Scott.
The Warriors utilized its deep roster of talented players to overpower Kennedy and West so thoroughly, both were decided without the need for doubles play. In fact, the Warriors had each sewn up before No. 1 singles player Lilly Hartman could finish either of her matches.
“Our team has really stepped up at every single position,” Hartman said. “Everyone’s playing really well. Our depth makes it so much easier.”
Senior Rina Moore posted comfortable wins over Kennedy’s Hannah Krivit (6-1, 6-1) and Hannah Smigel of Iowa City West (6-0, 6-1).
A pair of freshman state singles’ qualifiers — Hannah Sherman and Kelly King — also recorded two wins.
“We’ve all been playing together for so long,” Sherman said. “I’ve grown up with all the girls. We’re all really good friends, which helps on the court.”
Iowa City West, which downed Cedar Falls, 5-2, in the morning semifinal, ends the season at 10-7.
Awaiting the Warriors in North Scott will be Iowa City High, which earned its second-consecutive state tournament berth by eliminating Cedar Rapids Prairie, 5-3, in a regional final at Prairie.
“It is so exciting,” said City High junior Eve Small, a three-time state singles qualifier. “We think that we definitely have a chance to do better than last year. We’d like to avenge our loss in the first round.”
At No. 1 singles, Small needed a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Vale Caro of Prairie (6-1, 4-6, 10-1), then teamed with Innes Hicsasmiz to down Caro and her sister Magui in doubles, 6-3, 6-4, for the clincher.
City High (14-4) eliminated Linn-Mar, 5-1, in the morning semifinal.
In a Class 1A regional final, host Cedar Rapids Xavier (12-6) advanced to the 1A team state tournament by eliminating Western Dubuque, 5-1, and will face Dubuque Wahlert on Tuesday at Waterloo Columbus.
Tuesday’s first round begins at 3 p.m.
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