Maids Tennis Challenges The Best At State Tennis Meet
Getting the chance to compete against the best tennis players in the state was a challenge that the Maids were up to on Thursday and Friday at the 2016 Nebraska State Tennis Championships being held in Lincoln.
In the team race, the Maids were seventh overall. “WE finished ahead of Omaha Skutt, who has won eight out of the last 10 state championships and many other top programs, so the girls should be proud of their final place,” expressed Lexington head coach Ernie French. “No school out of th efour largest towns in Nebraska finished ahead of us so I think that speaks highly of our girls.”
Three of the Lexington teams won their first two rounds and made it to the quarterfinals.
Brylee Lauby had the toughest matchup in the second round facing the #2 seeded Kristen Wagner of York. She fought hard but was edged 6-2, 6-3 at #2 Singles. “Brylee improved so much this season and only being a sophomore, has some great years of tennis ahead of her,” stated Coach French.
The Junior duo of Danielle Lindeman and Jordan Hagan won their first two matches before being defeated by bronze medalists Alex McCashland and Tatem Miller 6-0, 6-2 at #2 Doubles. “Seven of the eight girls playing for the four semifinailst teams are Seniors, so to have them both back for another year is exciting,” expressed French.
Junior Lili Fattig picked up valuable team points for the Maids at the toughest position. Playing at #1 Singles, Lili held her own until running into buzzsaw Samantha Mannix of Elkhorn South, the returning state champion. Fattig was edged 6-0, 6-0. “Lili did everything we asked her to do and came through big for us and I’m excited to see her have a great year neat year,” stated French.
The Senior duo of Hannah Ostrom and Zoie Allen were a force at #1 Doubles until they were upset by rivals Amanda Fay and Haley Roush, 6-2, 6-2. Ostrom and Allen had played together for just 3.5 weeks and had rolled up a 28-4 overall record.
“I can’t thank Ostrom and Allen along with fellow Seniors Ellie Hobelman, Ana Ward and Eva Martin for what they have meant to this team over the past four years,” explained French.