CEDAR FALLS — A pair of comeback wins by Vipsa Dodiya and Jamie Knox helped the Cedar Falls girls’ tennis team earn its first state tournament berth in program history Monday with a 5-0 victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy in a Class 2A regional final.

The Tigers advanced to the state quarterfinals today at the University of Iowa tennis center where they will face Pleasant Valley at 3 p.m.

On Monday, both Knox and Dodiya lost their first sets before rallying to win their singles matches at No. 4 and No. 6 respectively.

Knox lost her opening set, 6-3, to Megan Gifford, but responded with a 6-1 win in the second, before jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the tiebreaker before holding on for a 10-6 win. Knox’s win was Cedar Falls’ fifth and gave the Tigers the victory.

Dodiya lost 6-4 in the opening set of her match to Natalie Buelow, but rallied for a 6-2, 10-6 victory.

Krisha Keeran opened the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Reya Sands, and Mira Keeran topped Lily Gust 6-1, 6-0, before Malina Amjadi blanked Kelsey Jaeger 6-0, 6-0 to give Cedar Falls a quick 3-0 lead.

In Class 1A in Fort Dodge, Waterloo Columbus advanced to the state tournament for the 25th consecutive season with a 5-0 win over LeMars.

The Sailors will face Waverly-Shell Rock at 3 p.m. today at the Northern Iowa courts with the winner advancing to the final four.

Taylor Hogan and Elyse Trost each had 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles.

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Regional finals

Class 2A


Singles — Krisha Keeran (CF) def. Reya Sands 6-0, 6-0, Mira Keeran (CF) def. Lily Gust 6-1, 6-0, Malina Amjadi (CF) def. Kelsey Jaeger 6-0, 6-0, Jamie Knox (CF) def. Megan Gifford 3-6, 6-1, 10-6, Elena Escalada (CF) and Emma Teggartz (DNF), VIpsa Dodiya (CF) def. Natalie Buelow 4-6, 6-2, 10-6

Class 1A


Singles — Taylor Hogan (Col) def. Joan Meis 6-0. 6-0, Bella Fain (Col) def. Caroline Meis, 6-1, 5-1 (DNF), Elyse Trost (Col) def. Madison Dreckman 6-0, 6-0, Grace Sullivan (Col) def. Abby Van Otterloo 6-2, 6-3, Margret Harn (Col) def. Kristen Heimgartner 6-0, 6-1, Bailey Sinwell (Col) def. Arlinna Bowen 6-1, 6-1.

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