The St. Edmond girls tennis team won five of six singles matches in securing a 7-4 victory over intra-city rival Fort Dodge Thursday night.
After inclement weather postponed the dual Tuesday, the two teams finally opened the year against one another at the Dodger Courts.
Mary Eide and Ellen Chalstrom, both returning Class 1A state placewinners, led the charge, netting straight-set victories in the top two spots for the Gaels (1-0 overall) and head coach Tyler Philipsen.
"This was a great way to start the season out, going up against a very tough team in Fort Dodge and scoring a win," Philipsen said. "It's nice to open by playing a strong program because it shows you what you need to work on right away."
Along with Eide and Chalstrom, Claire Crimmins, Emilee Mobley and Jazmine Myers all picked up wins in singles. St. Edmond closed things out by winning two doubles matches courtesy of Eide and Mobley and Myers and Madeline Baldwin.
"Singles gave us breathing room and we needed it," Philipsen said. "I'm proud of the girls, and think we played about as well as we could have."
ST. EDMOND 7, FORT DODGE 4
Singles - Mary Eide, SE def. Kari Grindberg, 6-2, 6-3; Ellen Chalstrom, SE def. Emily Knight, 6-3, 6-2; Claire Crimmins, SE def. Ayenna Cagaanan, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5; Emilee Mobley, SE def. Kjerstin Grindberg, 6-1, 6-3; Jazmine Myers, SE def. Allison Birnbaum, 6-1, 6-3; McKellen Glassell, FD def. Madeline Baldwin, 6-3, 6-0.
Doubles - Grindberg/Knight, FD def. Chalstrom/Crimmins, 10-6; Eide/Mobley, SE def. Cagaanan/Abby Shimon, 10-2; Myers/Baldwin, SE def. Grindberg/Birnbaum, 10-7; Glassell/Elizabeth Thomas, FD def. Taylor Nixon/Lilly Peterson, 10-1; Erika Farr/Jamie Haden, FD def. Rachel Willerth/Yeoun Bak, 10-0.
Fort Dodge JV winners: Maci Knutson, Kelsey Albrecht, Ruth Tomlinson, Emma Bruen, Ashton Pederson, Ashley McBride, Makenzie Elsbecker, Taylor Shitbroun.
Philipsen pointed out the three-set victory by Crimmins, a returning letterwinner, as a highlight, saying "Claire had quite the odyssey, playing a three-setter right off the bat. It was great for her to pull out the win because it shows that she can fight it out and come out on top."
Fort Dodge's McKellen Glassell, a senior, scored the lone singles victory for the Dodgers. Kari Grindberg and Emily Knight paired up to earn the No. 1 doubles match win, while Glassell and Elizabeth Thomas, and Erika Farr and Jamie Haden also claimed doubles triumphs.
"St. Edmond played consistent tennis," FDSH head coach Karine Feddersen said. "Several games in both singles and doubles went to a deuce point, but we couldn't turn them into wins.
"It's always tough to lose a close game or match, but I was extremely proud of how the girls handled themselves in those situations."
St. Edmond returns to the courts on Monday at home against Clear Lake. Fort Dodge welcomes Dowling Catholic on Tuesday.