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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 2, 2014

Trojan girls play conference meet

Williams finishes in second place
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | May 13, 2014

A trip to Fort Madison concluded the Fairfield girls’ tennis team’s regular season Monday.

The Southeast Conference meet wound up being a two-horse race, with Keokuk and Mt. Pleasant vying for top honors. The Chiefs would finish with 22 points, while the Panthers only got 18. Fort Madison took third place and Fairfield finished in fourth.

Fairfield’s Karley Williams defeated Fort Madison’s Rachel Sugars 8-1 to start the No. 1 singles matches. Williams would take second place after falling to Mt. Pleasant’s Taylor Beatty by the score of 8-2.

Meghan Shelangoski earned third place in No. 3 singles after defeating Fort Madison’s Becca Wolfe in the third place match 8-4.

In No. 6 singles, Fairfield’s Dayna Price barely lost 9-7 to Keokuk’s Madison Plaffe in her first match. Price would lose another close match in the third place matchup.

Williams and Harley Cook earned third place in No. 1 doubles 8-6. The duo took down Sugars and Chloe Carter of Fort Madison.

The Trojans will now turn their sights to Saturday, when they will host Mt. Pleasant in the first round of regionals. If Fairfield were to win, it would then play the winner of Albia and Knoxville later in the day. A loss would bring the team portion of Fairfield’s season to an end.

“They need to try to get to every ball hit,” Fairfield coach Heidi Grunwald said. “They need to work hard and play hard on the courts.”

The girls still have a trip to Iowa City to compete as individuals at the state meet on their schedule, regardless of how the team competition goes.

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