The Fort Dodge girls tennis team was unable to solve Ames here Tuesday night, falling 7-4.
Freshman Jaci Cochrane, did earn another straight-set victory at the No. 1 singles spot, defeating Judith Fan, 6-0, 6-0.
"Jaci played beautifully," FDSH head coach Karine Feddersen said. "She is proving herself to be a real asset to the program."
Senior McKellen Glassell earned the other win in singles, as she scored a straight-set win at the No. 5 singles spot for the Dodgers.
"McKellen never fails to impress me," Feddersen said. "Her will to win has carried her to a perfect singles record this season."
Fort Dodge made a run at the Little Cyclones in doubles, but it wasn't enough.
AMES 7, FORT DODGE 4
Singles - Jaci Cochrane, FD def. Judith Fan, 6-0, 6-0; Elise Hill, A def. Kari Grindberg, 6-4, 6-1; Taylor Thoen, A def. Emily Knight, 6-2, 6-3; Elizabeth Nutty, A def. Ayenna Cagaanan, 6-1, 6-1; McKellen Glassell, FD def. Umina Mahgoub, 6-2, 6-3; Carla Beghin, A def. Allison Birnbaum, 6-4, 6-0.
Doubles - Cochrane/Cagaanan, FD def. Fan/Thoen, 6-4, 6-0; Grindberg/Knight, FD def. Hill/Beghin, 6-2, 6-2; Nutty/Mahgoub, A def. Kjerstin Grindberg/Glassell, 6-1, 6-3; Gore/Hu, A def. Birnbaum/Abby Shimmon, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-6; Bonestroo/Gartin, A def. Elizabeth Thomas/Maci Knutson, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-7.
FD JV winners: Erika Farr, Kelsey Albrecht, Taylor Shirbroun, Ashton Pederson.
Cochrane and Ayenna Cagaanan earned a 6-4, 6-0 win at the top spot, while Kari Grindberg and Emily Knight picked up a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 2 position.
"Ames is a solid team, there is no doubt about that, but we have fierce competitor in our lineup who fight for every point," Feddersen said. "Ames had to earn the win (Tuesday). I am looking forward to facing them again at regionals."
These two teams will meet this Saturday in Ames in an opening round Class 2A team regional match. Action begins at 9 a.m. with the winner advancing to a meeting with Sioux City North on May 18 in Carroll.