Martin nets lone MHS win at tennis regional

Kaitlyn Martin

WATERLOO — The Marshalltown girls’ tennis team collected one win out of Thursday’s Class 2A Region 5 tournament, but it wasn’t enough to get any of the Bobcats to state.

MHS junior Kaitlyn Martin defeated her first-round opponent, but that was all the Bobcats got out of the day at Waterloo West. The top two singles players and top two doubles teams advanced to the state tournament, and some of them moved past Marshalltown opponents along the way.

Martin topped Alyson Hurley of Waterloo West, 6-0, 6-2, before falling to Krisha Keeran from Cedar Falls, 6-0, 6-0, in the next round. Keeran went on to reach the finals before Linn-Mar’s Ellie Anderson defeated her, 6-0, 6-0.

Fellow Bobcat singles player Emily Miller was ousted in the first round. Maya Chawla of Cedar Rapids Washington was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over the MHS sophomore.

In doubles play, neither Marshalltown pair picked up a victory. Immaculate Edwin and Maggie Grimm got a first-round bye, but Linn-Mar’s Whitney Guthrie and Piper Boysen beat the Bobcat duo 6-1, 6-0. Guthrie and Boysen reached the finals, too, where they were blanked by Cedar Rapids Washington’s Hannah Sherman and Kelly King, 6-0, 6-0.

Sarah Jacobs and Libby Loney represented the Bobcats in doubles as well, but their three-set thriller didn’t go their way. The Cedar Falls tandem of Astoria Chao and Claire Fienup notched a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 triumph.

Marshalltown’s tennis season is not over, however, as the Bobcats play in the team regional tournament on Saturday. MHS travels to Ankeny to face the host Hawks at 9 a.m. in the 2A Region 1 semifinals, and the winner advances to face host Johnston at 1 p.m. for a state bid.