WATERLOO — Grundy Center opened girls’ regional tennis play with a thrilling 5-4 win over South Hardin Saturday morning at Brynes Park.
The Spartans leveled the dual when Reegan Zinkula and Erika Johnson each rallied from a set down to win in match tiebreaks at No. 5 and 6 singles. Zinkula’s 11-9 tiebreak victory came after overcoming a 7-1 deficit.
Then during doubles play, Alex Strickler and Amber Laube posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the No. 1 match, and Zinkula and Johnson clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3.
Just over an hour later, Grundy Center’s season was over.
The defending state champion Waterloo Columbus girls posted five 6-0, 6-0 victories against Union in the opening round before speeding past Grundy Center, 5-0.
Taylor Hogan, Franny Roche, Brianne Eighme and Bella Fain each won their matches without dropping a game. Lauren McManus posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles.
Columbus coach Dave Will was pleased with the manner in which his players took control from the start.
“It was a perfect day to play tennis,” Will said. “We came out and we were focused. ... Sometimes we start slow, but we started fast today and we took charge of things.”
CEDAR FALLS ADVANCES: Cedar Falls dominated at the top of its lineup and defeated Western Dubuque 5-2 in a girls’ regional tennis matchup Saturday in Epworth.
Krisha Keeran, Meghan Saak and Payton Wageman won handily for the Tigers at the first three singles spots and Keeran and Wageman also won at doubles.
Cedar Falls will face Cedar Rapids Prairie in the second round Saturday.
COLUMBUS 6, UNION 0
SINGLES — Olivia Fain (Col) def. Krystal Putz, 6-0, 6-0, Lauren McManus (Col) def. Emma Peters, 6-0, 6-0, Taylor Hogan (Col) def. Madi Winters, 6-0, 6-0, Franny Roche (Col) def. Leah Walker, 6-0, 6-0, Karlee Sinnott (Col) def. Chelsea Scott, 6-0, 6-0, Brianne Eighme (Col) def. Hannah Gates, 6-1, 6-0.
GRUNDY CENTER 5, S. HARDIN 4
SINGLES — Laura Stanish (SH) def. Alex Strickeler, 6-3, 6-3, Amber Laube (GC) def. Dru Balvanz, 6-4, 6-1, Lexi Ryan (SH) def. Marissa Brown, 6-3, 6-4, Danae Nelson (SH) def. Courtney Cooper, 6-1, 6-2, Reegan Zinkula (GC) def. Haley Teske, 2-6, 6-4, 11-9, Erika Johnson (GC) def. Izzy Sisson, 4-6, 7-5, 10-3.
DOUBLES — Strickler/Laube (GC) def. Stanish/Balvanz, 6-4, 6-4, Ryan/Nelson (SH) def. Brown/Cooper, 6-0, 6-3, Zinkula/Johnson (GC) def. Blaze Harms/Megan Van De Pol, 6-3, 6-3.
COLUMBUS 5, GRUNDY CENTER 0
SINGLES — McManus (Col) def. Strickler, 6-0, 6-2, Hogan (Col) def. Laube, 6-0, 6-0, Roche (Col) def. Brown, 6-0, 6-0, Sinnott (Col) led Cooper, 6-1, 3-1, Eighme (Col) def. Zinkula, 6-0, 6-0, Bella Fain (Col) def. Emily Ehrig, 6-0, 6-0.
CEDAR FALLS 5, W. DUBUQUE 2
SINGLES — Krisha Keeran (CF) def. Morgan Hefel 6-3, 6-1, Meghan Saak (CF) def. Katelyn Becker 6-2, 6-0, Payton Wageman (CF) def. Sammy Kruse 6-1, 6-0, Rachel Ormord (WD) def. Jamie Knox 6-3, 0-6, 10-5, Ally Besler (WD) def. Astoria Chao 7-5, 6-3, Emily Hayes (CF) def. Kaitlyn Clemen 6-3, 6-2.
DOUBLES — Keeran/Wageman (CF) def. Hefel/Becker 6-1, 6-0.