The Tigers closed out the regular season with a successful West Central Conference tournament. Cate Kehoe took first place in her No. 3 singles bracket while the three other Tiger singles players – Abbigail Athey (No. 1 singles), Kassidy Girard (No. 2 singles) and Claire Stark (No. 4 singles) – finished second in their brackets.
“The singles girls all had to play Minnewaska in the final round, and they all played better than the last time we played them,”coach Britney House said.
Kehoe is the first West Central Conference champion that MACA/WCA has had since prior to 2013.
“I’m not sure when the last time a player has gotten first in their bracket,” said House, who has coached for six non-consecutive years.
Kehoe was seeded second in her bracket, but admitted that she started the conference tournament with a few nerves.
“The tourney started off a little rough… I was playing super nervous and tight. It took me a while to find my flow,” Kehoe said. “As soon as I relaxed and started doing the things I know I do best, things started to go a lot better.”
“To be honest, I would be lying if I told you it didn’t feel good to be conference champ,” Kehoe added.
Doubles duo Lakia Manska and Breanna Schmidgall (No. 2 doubles) and Lydia Fynboh and Liz Pollard (No. 3 doubles) both finished in fourth place in their respective brackets.
“At the end of the day, we were gathered together talking about how far they have all come, how much fun we have,” House said. “For eight of them, it was their last conference meet. Quite a few of us broke into tears, sad and happy at the same time.”
WCC tourney results
No. 1 – #1 Abbigail Athey 2-1, 2nd
Def. Nokelby of MACCRAY 8-6
Def. Hokanson of Sauk Centre 8-0
Lost to Thorfinnson of Minnewaska 8-5
No. 2 – #2 Kassidy Girard 2-1, 2nd
Def. Kvan of YME 8-1
Def. Matthies of LQPV/D-B 8-6
Lost to Randt of Minnewaska 8-6
No. 3 – #2 Cate Kehoe 3-0, 1st
Def. Mueller of Melrose 8-4
Def. Lindeman of Montevideo 8-4
Def. Hagen of Minnewaska 8-6
No. 4 – #2 Claire Stark 2-1, 2nd
Def. Jimenz of YME 8-0
Def. Dehne of Montevideo 8-3
Lost to Thorfinnson of Minnewaska 8-2
No. 1 – #6 Hope Sperr / Kjersten Nibbe 0-2, DNP
Lost to Halvorson / Lowry of LPQV/D-B 9-8
Lost to Marthaler / DIckinson of Sauk Centre 8-5
No. 2 – #2 Lakia Manska / Breanna Schmidgall 1-2, 4th
Def. Burnette/Janssen of MACCRAY 8-0
Lost to Dahl/Bleick of Minnewaska 8-4
Lost to Quisberg/Miller of Benson/KMS 8-4
No. 3 – #3 Lydia Fynboh / Liz Pollard 1-2, 4th
Def. Seehusen/Shubert of MACCRAY 8-0
Lost to Thelen/Davis of Melrose 8-3
Lost to Hettever/McNeill of Benson/KMS 8-1