Bobcat girls close with win against Railsplitters

The Marshalltown girls’ tennis team closed the regular season by matching its best record in the last six years thanks to an 8-3 victory Thursday against Des Moines Lincoln (3-6) at the MHS Tennis Courts.

The Bobcats (4-8) equalled their season-ending mark from 2012 with the decisive triumph in the finale, capitalizing on a 4-2 lead through singles play with a 4-1 romp through doubles competition.

Four singles sweeps paved the way for Marshalltown, and four straight-set victories in doubles play sealed the win.

The most lopsided victories for MHS came from singles play, where No. 4 Immaculate Edwin and No. 5 Sarah Jacobs charted 6-0, 6-1 wins against Kalie Webb and Sara Davis, respectively. Olivia Ryan added a 6-1, 6-3 margin of victory against December Thaw at No. 6 singles, and Kaitlyn Martin’s 6-0, 6-4 triumph at No. 2 singles turned away Kelsie Cooper.

The Bobcats’ No. 5 doubles team matched the team-leading honors with a 6-0, 6-1 sweep, as Libby Loney and Sydney Mann marched past Shaylee Forest-Gilliland and Josie Mott. Maggie Grimm and Edwin were 6-2, 6-1 winners at No. 2 doubles, while the No. 3 tandem of Acacia Brown and Jacobs prevailed 6-3, 7-5, and the No. 4 pairing of Aubrey Hala and Ryan topped their Railsplitter counterparts 6-3, 6-3.

MHS turns its attention to the postseason, starting with singles and doubles regionals on May 18. The Bobcats go to Waterloo West for a 9 a.m. meet to determine two state qualifiers in both singles and doubles.

The Bobcats got a first-round bye in Class 2A Region 1 team tournament action, awaiting the winner between Ankeny and Des Moines East for a May 20 meeting at 9 a.m. at Johnston.

Marshalltown 8, Des Moines Lincoln 3

At Marshalltown

Singles

Shane Hartgrove (DML) def. Emily Miller, 6-2, 6-0

Kaitlyn Martin (MHS) def. Kelsie Cooper, 6-0, 6-4

Alexis Cam (DML) def. Maggie Grimm, 4-6, 6-2, (10-7)

Immaculate Edwin (MHS) def. Kalie Webb, 6-0, 6-1

Sarah Jacobs (MHS) def. Sara Davis, 6-0, 6-1

Olivia Ryan (MHS) def. December Thaw, 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

Hartgrove and Cooper (DML) def. Miller and Martin, 6-2, 6-4

Grimm and Edwin (MHS) def. Cam and Ashley Weddell, 6-1, 6-1

Jacobs and Acacia Brown (MHS) def. Davis and Webb, 6-3, 7-5

Ryan and Aubrey Hala (MHS) dec. D. Thaw and H’ser Thaw, 6-3, 6-3

Libby Loney and Sydney Mann (MHS) def. Shaylee Forest-Gilliland and Josie Mott, 6-0, 6-1