WEST?DES?MOINES - The Fort Dodge girls tennis team saw their season come to an end in a Class 2A regional semifinal against Valley on Saturday.
The Dodgers lost 5-0 Valley.
Valley was too much for the Dodgers, as they swept through singles competition.
Senior Allison Birnbaum went to a tie-break set with?Sarah Thompson, then lost 10-8 in the tie-break.
Emily Knight, playing out of the No. 2 spot didnt complete her match against Chloe Stewart, after winning the second set 6-2. She lost the first set 7-5.
"Emily was playing confident in her match against Stewart,'' said Fort Dodge head coach Karine Grindberg. "She had the momentum going into the tiebreaker."
Valley 5, Fort Dodge 0
Singles - Chloe Jeffires, Valley def. Kari Grindberg, 6-1, 6-3; Delany Permin, Valley def Ayenna Cagaanan, 6-1, 6-1; Loren Hoefert, Valley def. Elizabeth Thomas, 6-0, 6-0; Kelsey Peterson, Valley def. Gretta Leigh, 6-2, 6-2; Sarah Thompson, Valley def. Allison Birnbaum, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8.
The Dodgers team season comes to an end, but senior Kari Grindberg and Knight will play in state doubles competition on June 5 and 6 in Ames.
"Our seniors (Birnbaum, Elizabeth Thomas, Grindberg and Ayenna Cagaanan) stepped into the leadership role and will be missed next year."