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FD girls fight past Waukee

April 27, 2013
By The Messenger Sports staff ( , Messenger News

WAUKEE - The Fort Dodge girls tennis team improved to 3-1 on the year with a 7-4 victory over Waukee Friday night.

After splitting the six singles matches, the Dodgers earned four of the five doubles contests to claim the dual.

Jaci Cochrane defeated returning state qualifier Kayla Kuethe in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, while Kari Grindberg and McKellen Glassell earned singles wins, as well.

"Jaci proved herself (Friday night)," FDSH head coach Karine Feddersen said. "Kayla is a defending state qualifier, and for Jaci to sweep her says a lot about where she is at right now.

"I was also impressed with Kari and McKellen, especially since we were without some girls."

Cochrane and Allison Birnbaum claimed a victory in the No. 1 doubles spot in straight sets, much to the delight of Feddersen.

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Singles - Jaci Cochrane, FD def. Kayla Kuethe, 6-0, 6-0; Kari Grindberg, FD def. Sarah Wadle, 6-4, 6-2; Olivia Akonya, W def. Ayenna Cagaanan, 6-4, 5-7, 11-9; Taylor Brown, W def. Allison Birnbaum, 6-2, 6-3; McKellen Glassell, FD def. Rachel Linaman, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Doubles - Cochrane/Birnbaum, FD def. Keeze/Akonya, 6-2, 6-2; Ka. Grindberg/Cagaanan, FD def. Wadle/Robles, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; Kj. Grindberg/Glassell, FD def. Linaman/Brown, 6-2, 6-4; Jamie Haden/Elizabeth Thomas, FD def. Bridget Turnick/Sydney Graham, 1-6, 6-4, 10-8; Riley Jacobson/Elizabeth VanHorst, W def. Macey Knutson/Kelsey Albrecth, 6-2, 6-2.

FD JV winners: Ashton Pederson, MacKenzie Elsbecker, Brianna Barkema, Elli Russell, Jamie Harmon, Taylor Pingel.

"Allison really stepped it up," she said. "I was a little concerned after singles, but our girls rallied together."

The Dodgers return to action Monday at home against Dowling Catholic.



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