Ballard’s Jurgensen places seventh at state

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Ballard’s Jurgensen places seventh at state

WATERLOO - Ballard’s Emily Jurgensen capped an amazing senior season with a seventh-place finish in Class 1A at the girls’ state singles and doubles tennis tournament last Thursday and Friday at the Bryne’s Tennis Complex in Waterloo.

Last Thursday, Jurgensen opened as the No. 3 seed and defeated Elizabeth Ihrke of LeMars in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4. She then fell to Decorah’s Kally Peterson - the eventual fourth-place finisher - in the quarterfinals by scores of 6-4 and 6-3.

The loss to Peterson put Jurgensen in the consolation second round against another player from LeMars - Danielle Martin. Jurgensen took down Martin in decisive fashion, winning by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.

After beating Martin, Jurgensen went up against Camanche’s Paige Edens in the consolation semifinals on Saturday. Jurgensen lost the opening set by a 6-2 score, came back with a 6-4 win and then dropped the super-tiebreaker by a 10-6 decision.

That put Jurgensen in the seventh-place match against Pella’s Lily Roozeboom. The two engaged in a classic battle that saw Jurgensen come out on top to cap her outstanding career on a high note.

Jurgensen lost the opening set to Roozeboom by a 6-3 score. She bounced back to win the second set by a 6-4 margin and then won a fierce super-tiebreaker by a 10-8 score to claim victory.