Sophia LaVigne

Sophia LaVigne competes for OHS at the Baldwin-Woodville tennis Quadrangular. 

A tipsy-topvy week for the Osceola girls tennis team ended with some normalcy Saturday at the Baldwin-Woodville Quadrangular. 

The Chieftains used four first place finishes to finish in a first place tie with Ellsworth at 13 points. B-W was third with eight and Ashland scored one.

“We were back to our normal varsity lineup in the Baldwin-Woodville tournament and it showed,” said Osceola coach Beth Friedrichsen. 

Hope Lowney went 2-0 in her matches to claim first place at No. 1 singles. She defeated Ashland’s Isabelle Rasmussen 6-0, 6-2 and B-W’s Katelynn Miller 6-3, 6-1. 

The tournament was extended to include No. 5 singles and No. 4 doubles and Osceola took full advantage. 

Shakira Wei won both her matches at No. 5 singles. She won 6-1, 2-6, 10-1 over Ellsworth’s Josie Pechacek and then 6-1, 6-1 over B-W’s Courtney Stitt. 

Anna Willeman and Marlee Gibson finished in first place at No. 4 doubles. They defeated B-W’s Lexi Everts and Claire Rhodes, 6-1, 6-0 and then Ellsworth’s Mollie Anderson and Maggie Berns, 6-1, 6-4. 

The final first place finish came from Adason Gault and Mazie Gillespie, who defeated Ellsworth’s Marisa Dendinger and Olivia Eischen, 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 and then B-W’s Lola Peavey and Hailey Schodeberg 6-1, 6-2. 

Earning second place finishes were Sophia LaVigne at No. 2 singles, Autumn Guckenberger at No. 3 singles, Grace Gilhousen at No. 4 singles, Rachel Olson and Kathryn Marek at No. 1 doubles and Shaw Styles and Alexis See at No. 2 doubles. 

Ellsworth 5, Osceola 2

Ellsworth took advantage of a depleted Osceola squad to earn the conference win Sept. 16. 

“The Ellsworth tennis team has really become a team to look at,” Friedrichsen said. “They are for sure becoming stronger and a team that in the past we used to overlook, not anymore.” 

Earning the Osceola wins were Hope Lowney at No. 1 singles, who won 6-1, 6-2 and Mazie Gillespie and Adason Gault at No. 3 doubles, who win 6-4, 4-6, 10-5. 

Two of the other matches did go three sets as Sophia LaVigne fell 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to Molly Janke. Rachel Olson and Kathryn Marek won the first set at No. 1 doubles against Hayley Bach and Brianna Maurer but fell 7-5 and 13-11 in the final two. 

Amery 5, Osceola 2

The week started for the Chieftain girls tennis team in a way no one wanted to. 

“We faced some line-up challenges with players being out sick and awaiting COVID-19 tests,” Friedrichsen said. “Although we are deep in numbers and talent, we have our line-up set and we had players that had to step out of their comfort zone this week and play in different positions and we learned we had positive attitudes and full effort. 

“I do believe that as a result of players being challenged in different ways, we had results that left us short, but in the grand scheme, that’s okay. I was very proud of the players stepping in without question or drama.” 

Amery took advantage to earn the win Sept. 14. 

The Warriors swept the singles action, with Shaw Styles and Alexis See at No. 2 doubles and Adason Gault and Mazie Gillespie at No. 3 doubles earning the Chieftain wins. 

Sophia LaVigne’s match with Deidra Meyer at No. 1 singles was noteworthy as she lost 6-7 (5), 6-3, 10-7. Hope Lowney moved to No. 1 doubles with Rachel Olson. The pair fell 6-4, 6-3 to Alaina Rivard and Ella Gould. 

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