Three Blue Jays going to state
Erin Mullowney didn’t let a Friday setback derail her season.
She came back on Saturday and won three matches, securing the No. 5 seed with fifth place by beating Catie Cordova of Mandan 1-6, 6-4, 6-1. She joins teammates Jenna Reed and Bailee Graves, who are going to state as a doubles team.
Mullowney, seeded fifth, beat Regan Bradley of St. Mary’s 6-0, 6-0 to qualify for state, and then embarked on a marathon with Jamie Stoppler of Century, eventually winning 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 to get into the fifth-place match. She capped her strong weekend by downing Cordova.
“A great effort bouncing back after that match on Friday,” Jamestown coach Pat Mullowney said. “She just really battled all weekend.”
Mullowney meets Shanley’s Olivia Keelin in the opening round of the state singles tournament on Friday in Bismarck.
Seeded sixth, Reed and Graves fought off a disheartening loss to an unseeded opponent in the opening round on Friday. They won their next two matches including a triumph over Minot’s Kendra Collins and Latasha Klein, who were seeded one spot higher at fifth, that put them in the state tournament.
On Saturday, they finished 1-1, topping Kayla Wallace and Ireland Jung of Dickinson by identical 6-3 scores. They finished sixth with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 (4) loss to Paige Fettig and Morgan Grinsteinner of Century.
“They were down after losing that first match (on Friday),” Mullowney said. “But they came back and played with confidence.”
The duo meets third-seeded Reagan Ingstad and Clarissa Olson of Valley City at the state doubles tournament on Friday.
West Region tennis tournament
Caitlin Bakke, SM, def. Keyanna Enget, Wil, 6-0, 6-1. Ban Dodin, Min, def. Alyssa Wolf, Cen, 6-4, 6-2.
Bakke, SM, def. Dodin, Min, 6-3, 6-4.
Wolf, Cen, def. Enget, Wil, 6-0, 6-4.
Erin Mullowney, Jam, def. Regan Bradley, SM, 6-0, 6-0. Jamie Stoppler, Cen, def. Jenna Coggins, Min, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Rachel Schumaier, Bis, def. Lindsey Bakken, Dic, 7-5, 6-2. Catie Cordova, Man, def. Karen Steigelmeier, SM, 6-3, 6-1.
E. Mullowney, Jam, def. Stoppler, Cen, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Cordova, Man, def. Schumaier, Bis, 6-2, 6-2.
E. Mullowney, Jam, def. Cordova, Man, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Stoppler, Cen, def. Schumaier, Bis, 6-3, 6-3.
Alicia Beck-Mary Roller, SM, def. Jenna Andre-Lauryn Andre, Bis, 6-1, 6-4. Courtney Brackin-Anne Dickson, Cen, def. Keely Kleven-Kayla Barstad, Wil, 6-3, 6-0.
Beck-Roller, SM, def. Brackin-Dickson, Cen, 6-3, 6-2.
J. Andre-L. Andre, Bis, def. Kleven-Barstad, Wil, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Paige Fettig-Morgan Grinsteiner, Cen, def. Emily Bichler-Ashley Kilzer, SM, 6-0, 6-1.
Jenna Reed-Bailey Graves, Jam, def. Kayla Wallace-Ireland Jung, Dic, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Fettig-Grinsteiner, Cen, def. Reed-Graves, Jam, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Bichler-Kilzer, SM, def. Wallace-Jung, Dic, 6-4, 6-1.
Senior athlete of the year nominees: Caitlin Bakke, St. Mary’s; Courtney Brackin, Century; Ban Dodin, Minot.
Coach of the year: Sandy Wald-Clooten, St. Mary’s.