DES MOINES — The Red Oak girls finished second in the Class 1-A girls state team tennis tournament Saturday, dropping a hard-fought 5-2 decision to Waterloo Columbus in the championship match at the Knapp Tennis Center at Drake University.
Red Oak reached the final with a 5-2 semifinal win over Dubuque Wahlert.
“I'm pleased that we competed as hard as we did,'' Red Oak coach Dan Martinez said.
In the finals for Red Oak, Zoey Baker won at No. 4 singles in three sets, and Paige Vannausdle won at No. 5 in straight sets. No. 1 Kate Walker lost in straight sets to doubles champion Lindsay McManus of Columbus.
No. 2 Erica Sherman, No. 3 Grace Blomstedt and No. 6 Micayla Taylor all lost in third-set tiebreakers played to 10 points. Blomstedt lost 11-9 and Taylor lost 10-8.
Up 4-2 heading to doubles, Columbus clinched the title with a win at No. 2.
“That was our goal, to make the finals,'' Martinez said. “We were hoping we'd play well when we got there, and we did. I was real proud of the girls.''
In the semifinals, Walker, Blomstedt, Vannausdle and Taylor earned singles win at the Ankeny Tennis Complex. During doubles play, rain forced play inside to the Knapp Tennis Center at Drake. Vannausdle and Sherman clinched the semifinal win there with a win at No. 3 doubles.