Kehoe advances to State Tournament by winning Section 3A title

The MACA/WCA girls tennis team had a singles player and a doubles team still alive for the second day of the Section 3A tournament in Sioux Falls Oct. 17. Catherine Kehoe was the singles player and earned first place in the singles tournament to move on to the State Tournament in Minneapolis. Ashley Koehl and Nora Meek were the doubles team and lost in the true second match to just miss out on a State berth. 

In the section semifinals, Kehoe was the No. 2 seed and took on No. 3 seed Tayte Nokleby from MACCRAY. Kehoe handled her business and easily came away with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. The win moved her to the finals where she played No. 1 seed Brooke Lindeman from Montevideo, who Kehoe had already beaten in the regular season. Kehoe picked up another straight set victory in the finals by the score of 6-4, 6-1 to punch her ticket to the State Tournament. “Cate played well in her first match and won easily. Her second match was tough, but her ironclad mental game helped her obtain the win. She is fierce on the court and is so deserving.” head coach Britney House said.

Koehl and Meek were the No. 1 seed in the doubles tournament and played No. 4 seed Gwyn Smiens and Lily Eisenlhor from Montevideo in the semifinals. The MACA/WCA team easily pulled off a 6-1, 6-2 win to advance to the finals, where they lost to the No. 2 seed Elle Kletscher and Elise Duncan from Benson/KMS 6-4, 6-0. They had one more chance in the true second matchup against No. 6 seed Kayla Jahn and Hannah Oie from Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd, but they fell in a three-set battle 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to end their season.

Kehoe will travel to the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis for the Class A Individual State Tournament on Tuesday, October 24 for her first round matchup against an opponent yet to be determined.