The Osceola girls tennis team finished second at the Osceola Invitational Aug. 18. 

Rice Lake won the seven-team invitational with 17 points, followed by Osceola’s 13. Amery took third with 12. Ellsworth was fourth with 11. Superior placed fifth with six. Barron was sixth with two and Bloomer scored one. 

“It was close and came down to one singles and one doubles matches that were between Osceola and Rice Lake, so it was as it should have been and it was exciting,” said Osceola coach Beth Friedrichsen. “The players played some great tennis and battled some grueling conditions in the heat and humidity.” 

No Chieftain finished first, but they earned four second place finishes. 

Hope Lowney went 2-1 at number one singles. She earned victories over Madison Sather of Bloomer and Deidra Meyer of Amery, but fell 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5), to Rice Lake’s Aria Hanson. 

Autumn Guckenberger beat Barron’s Emmellee Shipley and Superior’s Lexi Johnsen, but lost 6-2, 6-1 to Amery’s Lily Marquand. 

Grace Gilhousen earned a second place finish at number four singles. She defeated Rice Lake’s Grace Knauff and Bloomer’s Chloe Grant, but fell to Ellsworth’s Betsy Foster, 6-1, 6-1.

Rachel Olson and Kathryn Marek had the final second place finish at number one doubles. They defeated Barron’s Chance Drexler and Ashlyn Mark, Ellsworth’s Brianna Maurer and Hayley Bach, but were defeated 6-2,6-0 by Rice Lake’s Lexington Berger and Kallahan Bowman. 

Jordan Vetter placed third at number four singles. She beat Superior’s Brynn Peterson and Bloomer’s Chloe Grant, but also fell to Ellsworth’s Betsy Foster, by a score of 6-0, 6-0. 

Mazie Gillespie and Adason Gault was a third place finish at number three doubles. They started with wins over Bloomer’s Kaylee Klatt and Eva Nelson and Superior’s Greta Clark and Mattie Schilling, but fell to Rice Lake’s Alyssa Stanford and Kendra Richter, 6-7, 6-1, 10-8. 

Sophia LaVigne went 1-1 at number two singles, while Alexis See and Shaw Styles went 0-2 at number two doubles.

“I am super proud of all the finishes that we had,” Friedrichsen said. “You get better at tennis by playing tennis, so I’m looking forward to having them play as much as they can.” 

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