Pella, a Catholic, earns Iowa girls tennis team state titles


Two new state champions were crowned Wednesday during the Iowa girls team state tournament.

Dowling Catholic claimed the title in Class 2A, while Pella emerged victorious in Class 1A.

The Maroons defeated West Des Moines Valley 5-1 in the title match. Individual competition results were not available at the time of publication. Iowa City West took third place after a 5-4 win over Cedar Rapids Washington in the bronze medal match.

The victory comes shortly after the duo of Grace Frye and Juju Mauro gave the Maroons the state doubles title on May 25.

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In Class 1A, the Dutch took home some hardware, beating Xavier 5-4. It was a dramatic affair, with things tied, 3-3, after the six singles matches. With the state championship on the line, two Pella doubles teams took control to capture the title.

Emily Blom and Claire Smock pulled off a dramatic comeback victory in three sets (3-6, 7-6, 1-0) in the second-place doubles match. Bryn Higginbotham and Mallory Westerkamp earned the third doubles point in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to seal the deal. Smock, Higginbotham and Lily VanDusseldorp achieved the three singles points for the Dutch team.

Spencer took third place with a 5-2 victory over Dike-New Hartford in the bronze medal match.