Branch and Fisher lead South Hardin girls at NICL tennis tournament

WATERLOO – Katie Branch and Mikayla Fisher paired for a runner-up finish at No. 2 doubles to lead the South Hardin girls tennis team to fifth with 40 points at the NICL Tournament at Byrnes Park Monday.

Dike-New Hartford topped the field with 60 points to edge 2012 runner-up South Tama County by three, while AGWSR (52) claimed third. Defending champion Aplington-Parkersburg was fourth with 46 points and Grundy Center tied with Union at 30 points apiece.

The Tigers’ top tandem posted victories over Aplington-Parkersburg’s Betsy Cordes and Olivia Ballhagen (8-5) and South Tama County’s Tori Appelgate and Regina Balderas (8-3), before falling 8-2 to the Wolverines’ Emily Druyer and Alivia Zubrod in the final.

Ellen Swartz led South Hardin in singles with a third place finish at the No. 1 spot cruising past Union’s Leah Jungling 8-1, before dropping an 8-3 decision to Sydnie Gutosky of Grundy Center. Swartz rebounded with an 8-3 win over AGWSR’s Hannah Johnson.

Fisher and Shelby Smith each placed fourth at No. 4 and 6 singles respectively, while Hannah Reifschneider and Branch both took fifth at the 2 and 4 spots. Swartz and Reifschneider were fifth at No. 1 doubles.

Shannon Teske took seventh at No. 5 singles and teamed with Kailey Richard to grab sixth at No. 3 doubles.

“We placed where we should in most of the positions, of course we always want do better,” South Hardin coach Scott Swartz said. “I am proud of the girls for giving their best throughout the long day.”

No other results were submitted.