Bobcat girls downed by Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Marshalltown girls’ tennis team saw its dual season come to a close on Saturday as Cedar Rapids Washington whipped up a 5-0 victory over the Bobcats in Saturday’s Class 2A regional opener.

The best-of-nine dual meet needed only five matches to reach their completion, with the host Warriors taking five singles victories before doubles play had begun.

Marshalltown’s best chance at a triumph on this day was No. 1 singles player Rachel Faircloth, who came out with a 6-3, 7-5 loss to Kristin King.

All five Warrior wins came in straight sets, including shutouts at Nos. 2 and 3. Marshalltown’s Megan Riemenschneider fell 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 6 spot, Kathleen Ferrin was defeated 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4, while Maggie Kelehan and Rhetta Wenk were blanked in their respective bouts.

The No. 5 singles match involving Ashley Beaty had not reached its completion when Washington scored the deciding fifth win.

The Bobcats (2-8) will now look toward trying to advance in singles and doubles play, returning to Cedar Rapids on Thursday for regional play. The tournament, which begins at 9 a.m., brings Dubuque Hempstead, Linn-Mar, Ottumwa, Waterloo East, the Bobcats and the host Warriors into battle for two singles and two doubles spots qualifying for state.

The other four area tennis teams also bowed out in their opening round of Class 1A regional action Saturday.

Waterloo Columbus defeated AGWSR 5-1 before eliminating South Hardin 5-0 in Waterloo. The Sailors finished second in the state team tournament last season and returned four members of that squad.

“Buzz saw,” said South Hardin coach Scott Swartz. “I was proud of the girls playing hard and having fun while playing that level of competition.”

South Tama fell 5-0 to host Grinnell, while Grundy Center was upended 5-1 by Decorah, also played in Waterloo.

Grundy Center, South Hardin and South Tama all return to Waterloo on Thursday for individual regional action, while AGWSR travels to Decorah for its state-qualifier tournament.