Jamestown High School and Bismarck Century played another close girls tennis match Monday, May 20, during West Region play-in action at Bolinger Tennis Courts.
The Blue Jays and Patriots went down to the final match on April 26 with Jamestown winning 5-4 after trailing in the final doubles match 5-4. But Monday's result didn't go the way of the Blue Jays.
Century took one singles match and swept both doubles matches as it ended Jamestown's season as a team with a 3-2 victory. The Blue Jays' season isn't finished, however, as they still have the WDA individual competition on May 24-25 in Minot for a chance at state starting on May 31.
"They had a couple girls that came out and played really well," Jamestown coach Paul Olson said of Century. "Their No. 1 doubles are their top two players and did a lot of good things against Lauryn Hibl and Cora Wolsky. Their No. 2 doubles team of Riley Lembke and Scout Wheeler are also fantastic doubles players.
"Century had a girl at No. 3 doubles (Maya Kubsad) that played a good tennis match, kept the ball on the court and didn't commit a lot of unforced errors. They deserved the victory."
Jamestown's Courtney Peterson won her 50th career singles victory with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Ashley Kindem. The senior is 22-2 in singles play this spring.
"Courtney just came out and got after her girl right away. When she's the better player on the court, she shows it right away," Olson said. "The bright spot was her 50th career singles victory and that's an impressive number for someone that didn't play until middle school and only played three years on varsity."
Olson's daughter, Phoebe, improved to 18-6 during her freshman campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the No. 1 singles spot.
"Phoebe did some things pretty well. I thought she played conservatively," Olson said. "She played a girl further down the lineup and didn't feel great early on. She played conservatively and passed up on some chances to put the match away early.
"She did what she needed to do and she's had a pretty good season, too, going into WDAs 18-6. She's only lost to four girls that are really good players. For a freshman, I hope she's proud."
Next up, Jamestown will send three singles players and two doubles teams to the WDA individual tournament on Friday and Saturday.
"I think we have a good chance to get some state qualifiers. Depending how their draw goes, we can get some other girls," Olson said. "There isn't a ton of surprises from what you'll see and I think we have a good chance to have a good showing."
Bismarck Century 3, Jamestown 2
No. 1: Phoebe Olson, J def. Miki Brackin 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2: Courtney Peterson, J def. Ashley Kindem 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3: Maya Kubsad, BC def. Annie Johnson 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1: Jess Keller/Blaike Zander, BC def. Lauryn Hibl/Cora Wolsky 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2: Riley Lembke/Scout Wheeler, BC def. Olivia Schriock/Maleeka Kramlich 6-2, 6-4.