ANKENY—Three members of the Glenwood girls tennis team came back from Ankeny with some extra hardware Friday.
The Rams’ Ons Souissi and the doubles team of Rachel Tucker and Grace Newman both finished seventh at the Class 1A Girls Tennis Championship at the Ankeny Tennis Complex.
“Anytime you have a program, you need milestones, some goals to set for future kids,” Glenwood Coach Jim Tucker said. “I think the kids in Glenwood will look at these girls and see that you can get to state and not only can we get to state now, we can win games at state.”
Tucker and Newman are the first Glenwood tennis players to medal at state. The team defeated Veronica Francis and Paige Engbers of Pella Christian 6-2 and 6-1 to clinch seventh. Francis and Engbers entered the tournament as the fourth seed.
Souissi, an exchange student from Tunisia, meanwhile defeated Waverly-Shell Rock’s Liz Rucker 6-3 and 7-6 (3) to clinch seventh place.
“That was a solid win she had,” Tucker said about Souissi.
Souissi and Tucker and Newman entered the tournament unseeded as district runner-ups.
Tucker and Newman started the tournament with a first round win Thursday against Spirit Lake-Okoboji’s Rachael Westergard and Natalie Delaney 6-3 and 6-2.
In the quarterfinals, Tucker and Newman faced off against Caroline and Elizabeth Ott of Dubuque Wahlert. The Ott’s would get the straight set win 6-3 and 6-2, sending the Glenwood pair to consolations.
Tucker and Newman got back on track as they defeated Jeanne and Claire Bouchard of Cedar Rapids Xavier 6-2 and 6-0, ensuring their place in the top eight.
In the consolation semifinals, Tucker and Newman lost to Charles City’s team of Morgan Holzer and Kirby Meyer.
Tucker and Newman qualified for state in doubles last season, but were bounced in the first round by eventual champions, Anna Nora and Abby Greenwood of Waterloo Columbus.
“They took a lot of pride in that they made it to state last year. This year coming in, they’ll come down as the most successful team in Glenwood’s history,” Tucker said. “More importantly, they’re both terrific friends. They’ve known each other since kindergarten. They’ve wanted to play doubles together in high school. They’ve done that and they won together today.”
Souissi started the tournament by winning her first round match against No. 4 seed Courtney Schneider of Dubuque Wahlert 6-4 and 6-0.
In the quarterfinals, Souissi lost to Carolyn Ahlers of LeMars 6-4 and 6-2. Ahlers finished second overall in the singles draw.
Souissi had a chance at another LeMars player in the consolation quarterfinals as she defeated Emily Ahlers 6-1 and 6-1.
Souissi ended up in the seventh place match when she lost to Mary Eide of Fort Dodge 6-4 and 6-2.