NORWALK - Mary Eide and Ellen Chalstrom will compete once again together at the girls state tennis tournament.
The two St. Edmond seniors advanced to the finals of a Class 1A regional tournament on Thursday, earning bids to the state meet.
Eide, who finished third last year at state, defeated Chalstrom in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
"It's always tough to face your teammate in the finals and take it seriously, especially since they have done it three times in a row now," SEHS head coach Tyler Philipsen said. "We've talked about it, but it is a good problem to have."
Eide also finished fourth at state, while Chalstrom will be making her fourth appearance in the elite field.
Chalstrom placed fifth a year ago, winning her last four matches on the consolation side after an opening round defeat. She didn't drop a set on her way to the strong finish.
"Both Mary and Ellen didn't have much trouble through the semifinals," Philipsen said. "They were the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds and showed it."
Eide lost to Kylie Vogel of Camanche last year in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2, but Vogel qualified in doubles this year instead of playing singles. Jalyn Deering, also of Camanche, was the individual state champion.
The doubles qualifiers from the regional were Kylar McCann and Libby Bemis of Clarke and Alana Bendler and Jenna Leland of Ballard.
Also for the Gaels, Claire Crimmins and Emilee Mobley went 1-1, while Jazmine Myers and Madeline Baldwin went 0-1.
"Both doubles teams received tough draws, as Claire and Emilee faced the team from Clarke that won it," Philipsen said, "while Jazmine and Madeline faced another team from Clarke that likely would have been seeded but couldn't be in a pig-tail match."
The state tournament takes place May 30-31 in Ankeny.
St. Edmond still has other postseason play ahead of them, as they will compete in a team state regional final on Monday. They will face the winner of Waterloo Columbus and Grinnell.
"The girls are all excited to still have another match on Monday for the ones that didn't qualify for individual state," Philipsen said.