KEARNEY — Fremont High School finished seventh Thursday during the Kearney Doubles Tournament.
“The girls gave a great effort today and played some pretty good tennis,” Fremont coach Jeremy Larsen said. “When you have five matches in a day, you’re always worried that the effort will drop off throughout the day. I felt that our play and effort got stronger as the day progressed.”
Miah Vakiner and Elise Patchen finished seventh in No. 1 doubles. The juniors opened with an 8-6 win over Anam Vazieri and Samantha Uppal of North Platte. After losing their next three matches, Vakiner and Patchen beat Madison Reynolds and Natalie Reynolds of Norfolk 8-5 in the seventh-place match.
“Elise and Miah were able to get off to a good start by winning their first match,” Larsen said. “They ran into a couple of tough teams after that, but were able to finish the day strong with a win over a good Norfolk team.”
At No. 2 doubles, Hannah and Sarah Wilson defeated the Norfolk squad of Karissa Kleinschmitt 8-5 for ninth place.
“Hannah and Sarah were playing in their first tournament and were able to see what it’s like to play multiple matches in a day,” Larsen said. “They had some pretty tough competition in their pool. I was happy to see them end the day with a win.”
At No. 3 doubles, senior Gabi Keaton and sophomore Lexi Glosser finished second. After losing their first match to Kearney, the Tigers won three straight. They lost 8-0 to the Lincoln East duo of Bianca Rademacher and Kailey Jay-Kissler in the title match.
“Gabi and Lexi played some outstanding tennis today,” Larsen said. “It was impressive to finish second against the teams we saw today.”
Michaela Flesher, Madi Huss, Payton Eyler and Tawnie Escamilla all saw action at No. 4 doubles for the Tigers. Fremont lost 8-5 to Lincoln North Star in the seventh-place match.
“We were able to rotate a pair of teams and get them some valuable experience,” Larsen said. “Michaela and Madi had some stretches of good tennis, but came up a bit short in their matches. Payton and Tawnie had a pretty strong day in picking up two wins. They started strong against North Star, but came up a bit short at the end.”
Lincoln East won the championship with 100 points while Lincoln High was second with 81. The host school was third with 69. Fremont finished with 43.
Larsen said the meet provided some valuable experience for the Tigers.
“Overall as a team, we played pretty well against some quality teams,” he said.
The Tigers will play in a dual Tuesday at Columbus.
1, Lincoln East 100. 2, Lincoln High 81. 3, Kearney 69. 4, Lincoln North Star 67. 5, Grand Island 66. 6, Columbus 47. 7, Fremont 43. 8, North Platte 27. 9, Norfolk 26. 10, Omaha Westside 24.