Ballard girls roll into regional final

Story and photos by Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Ballard girls roll into regional final

HUXLEY — The Ballard girls’ tennis team made short work of its opposition in the first two rounds of Class 1A regional competition Saturday morning in Huxley.

The Bombers swept both Saydel and Newton, improving to 10-1 on the season. Ballard won both meets by a 5-0 score, with each being decided before the completion of singles play.

In the victory over Saydel Emily Jurgensen, Meredith Ossian, Olivia Astarita, Nicole Kling and Bry Ronca all won in straight sets for Ballard.

Jurgensen swept Saydel’s Melanie Gustafson by scores of 6-2 and 6-1 in the No. 1 match. Ossian took care of Katie Schmidt by 6-2 and 6-0 margins in the No. 2 match.

Olivia Astarita won the No. 3 match over Saydel’s Riley Backus with a pair of 6-0 shutout victories. Nicole Kling and Bry Ronca each won by 6-0 and 6-1 scores over Saydel’s Kendall Walker and Allison Furman in the Nos. 4 and 5 matches respectively.

Jurgensen, Astarita, Kling, Ronca and Emi Bendler each pulled off a victory for Ballard in the win over Newton.

Jurgensen downed the Cardinals’ Megan Pressgrove by 6-2 and 6-1 scores in the No. 1 match and Astarita pulled off another pair of 6-0 victories in the No. 2 match over Sierra Griffith. Kling downed Newton’s Katherine Thorpe by 6-2 and 6-0 scores in the No. 3 match, Bendler won the No. 4 match with a pair of 6-0 shutouts over Madison Humphrey and Ronca pulled off 6-1 and 6-0 wins over Newton’s Bethany Baumgartner in the No. 5 match.

North Polk saw its season come to a close with a 5-0 loss to Newton in the first round. Audrey Ley, Kacie Thompson, Becky Reid, Emily Washington and Grace Nelson all lost in straight sets during the Nos. 1-5 singles matches.

Ballard 5, Saydel 0

Singles: 1. Emily Jurgensen (B) defeated Melanie Gustafson (S); 6-2, 6-1. 2. Meredith Ossian (B) defeated Katie Schmidt (S); 6-2, 6-0. 3. Olivia Astarita (B) defeated Riley Backus (S); 6-0, 6-0. 4. Nicole Kling (B) defeated Kendall Walker (S); 6-0, 6-1. 5. Bry Ronca (B) defeated Allison Furman (S); 6-0, 6-1.

Ballard 5, Newton 0

Singles: 1. Jurgensen (B) defeated Megan Pressgrove (N); 6-2, 6-1. 2. Astarita (B) defeated Sierra Griffith (N); 6-0, 6-0. 3. Kling (B) defeated Katherine Thorpe (N); 6-2, 6-0. 4. Emi Bendler (B) defeated Madison Humphrey (N); 6-0, 6-0. 5. Ronca (B) defeated Bethany Baumgartner (N); 6-1, 6-0.