IOWA CITY — Waterloo Columbus senior Lauren McManus and sophomore Taylor Hogan repeated as Class 1A doubles champions, highlighting a strong day of tennis locally Friday in the state tournament at the University of Iowa Tennis Center.
McManus and Hogan completed a dominant run to the championship with a win over Waverly-Shell Rock’s Chelsea Poesch and Madi Overmann, 6-2, 6-1. Poesch and Kayla Reusche knocked off McManus and Olivia Fain the state tournament two years ago before Poesch placed third in the singles draw last season.
“I’ve played club volleyball with a few years ago,” McManus said of the Go-Hawk standout. “We’ve always been good friends. She’s a great athlete and has great strokes, and her partner is a good player too.
“We kind of tried to keep them back as much as we could and stay in the points as long as we could and really focus on our mental game.”
Poesch and Overmann reached the finals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Waterloo Columbus seniors Karlee Sinnott and Brianne Eighme, who were runners-up to McManus and Hogan in last year’s doubles final. Sinnott and Eighme recovered with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Shenandoah’s Marilyn Cepeda and Nichole Gilbert in the third place match. McManus and Hogan defeated the Shenandoah pair, 6-1, 6-1, during Friday morning’s semifinal.
“Lauren and Taylor played the best they played all year,” Waterloo Columbus coach Dave Will said. “They were ready and they stepped up and took care of business in a very professional manner.”
As multi-sport athletes, McManus says she and Hogan have learned to handle the pressure of competing in big matches. She feels their focus was a key during this year’s championship run.
“It’s for sure been a ride with her,” McManus said. “We were really nervous last year because we hadn’t played too much together.
“We’ve really learned how to play with each other and know what each other’s strengths and weaknesses are. I think we’ve improved a lot.”
In the Class 1A singles tournament, Waterloo Columbus junior Olivia Fain was defeated by Fairfield’s Anatta Charoenkul, 6-1, 6-4, in a rematch of last year’s final that Fain won.
Will credited Charoenkul’s excellent play during the opening set as the difference in this rematch.
“She did not make many mistakes at all,” Will said. “Olivia loosened up and got into the match in the second set. She as just a point or two away from taking it to a third set.”
Fain advanced to the final with a win over Pella’s Brooke Jorgensen, 6-2, 6-1.
Decorah’s Anna Spencer and Carina Yee placed fifth in 1A doubles as they defeated Dubuque Wahlert’s Meghann Long and Anna Herrig, 6-3, 6-1.
In Class 2A, Bettendorf’s Emilia Porubcin won the singles title over Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Vale Caro, 6-4, 6-2. Emma Koch and Abby Jans of Iowa City West defeated Cedar Rapids Washington’s Hannah Sherman and Kelly King for the doubles championship, 7-6, 6-3.
SEMIFINALS — Olivia Fain (Columbus) def. Brooke Jorgensen (Pella) 6-2, 6-1, Anatta Charoenkul (Fairfield) def. Lily Roozeboom (Pella) 6-0, 6-0.
CHAMPIONSHIP — Charoenkul def. Fain 6-1, 6-4.
THIRD PLACE — Jorgensen def. Roozeboom 6-2, 6-3.
FIFTH PLACE — Stephanie Bush (Davenport Assumption) def. Sarah Abu-Nameh (Cedar Rapids Xavier), 6-1, 6-2.
SEMIFINALS — Lauren McManus/Taylor Hogan (Columbus) def. Marilyn Cepeda/Nichole Gilbert (Shenandoah), 6-1, 6-1, Chelsea Poesch/Madi Overmann (Waverly-Shell Rock) def. Brianne Eighme/Karlee Sinnott (Columbus), 6-3, 6-3.
CHAMPIONSHIP — McManus-Hogan def. Poesch-Overmann 6-2, 6-1.
THIRD PLACE — Eighme-Sinnott def. Cepeda-Gilbert 6-3, 6-2.
FIFTH PLACE — Anna Spencer/Carina Yee (Decorah) def. Meghann Long/Anna Herrig (Dubuque Wahlert), 6-3, 6-1.