Thursday the Glenwood Girls Tennis Team will send three athletes to the 2017 Class 1A Individual State Tennis Tournament. The tournament is held at the Hawkeye Tennis Recreation Complex in Iowa City. Play will begin on Thursday, June 1st. Matches will begin at 10:00 a.m.
Junior Ellie Osterloh qualified for the individual state tournament after placing second at the district meet. Osterloh will face Bry Ronca of Ballard in the first round. Bry Ronca is 14-5 overall and plays in the number one spot for Ballard. Osterloh currently has a record of 16-7 overall after playing in the number one spot for the Rams. Glenwood did not play Ballard during the season but both teams went up against Clarke. Bry Ronca of Ballard defeated Sydney Sickels of Clarke 8-6 during the season. Glenwood’s Brooklyn Taylor (played #2 for Glenwood) defeated Sydney Sickels of Clarke 6-1,6-0. I predict Ellie to win this first round matchup against Ronca. The winner of the Osterloh/Ronca matchup will face the #1 seed from Waterloo Columbus Olivia Fain in the quarterfinals.
“Practice has been a ton of fun and we’re all excited for state!” said Ellie Osterloh
Sophomore Brooklyn Taylor and Sophomore Erin Stanley also qualified for the individual state tournament after finishing second at the district meet. Taylor and Stanley will face Browyn Metcalf and Cecily Johnson of Pella in the first round. Metcalf and Johnson unofficially have an overall record of 6-0 at the number two doubles spot during the regular season. Brooklyn Taylor and Erin Stanley have only played together a handful of times and have a 3-1 record. Taylor played the entire season at number one doubles with Osterloh while Stanley played in the number two or three doubles position. This is an interesting matchup. Metcalf and Johnson played at the number two doubles spot for Pella while Taylor gained experience all year long at the number one doubles spot. Taylor/Stanley have only played four times this season but they have played well together. The winner of this matchup will most likely face the #1 seed Lauren McManus/Taylor Hogan of Waterloo Columbus in the quarterfinals.
“If we can win our first match that will put us in a good position” said Brooklyn Taylor
“It would be amazing to go to state and win, but going to state is an accomplishment in itself.”
Good luck Ellie Osterloh, Brooklyn Taylor and Erin Stanley! Enjoy the moment and take point by point.