Glover, Whaley take first, lead MP girls’ tennis to win at Ft. Madison
With one champion and three runners-up, the Mt. Pleasant girls’ tennis team scored enough points to claim the title at the Ft. Madison Invitational on Saturday.
There were four brackets at the tournament — two singles and two doubles — and Mt. Pleasant athletes finished in the top two in each bracket.
The doubles team of Tasha Glover and Ashton Whaley won its bracket, defeating Ft. Madison’s Madalyn Fischer and Melanie Meierotto 8-1 in the first round and taking down the Maharishi team of Madelyn Stood and Alista Wikle, 8-0, in the semifinals.
In the championship match, the Panther team downed Brittany Logan and Marissa Hasselbusch of Keokuk by a score of 8-6 for the tournament win.
Mt. Pleasant’s doubles team of Raeanna Crile and Emily Hatfield won its semifinal match by a score of 8-2 before falling to a Keokuk pair in the finals, 8-4, to finish second.
In singles play, Taylor Beatty won her semifinal, 8-4, against 2013 state qualifier Stephanie Wills of Notre Dame/West Burlington, before falling to Maharishi’s Jacqueline Leete, 8-6, in the final.
Lorynn Whaley took the place of Mt. Pleasant’s usual No. 2 singles player — Elizabeth Shaw, who couldn’t be at the tournament — and got her first varsity win in a semifinal match against Ft. Madison’s Chloe Carter, 8-6.
She fell in the finals to Maharishi’s Dia Huggins in the finals, 8-2.
The doubles team of Glover and Ashton Whaley scored six points for Mt. Pleasant in the tournament, and second-place finishers scored three points each, giving Mt. Pleasant a total score of 15 points in the team standings.
Maharishi scored 13 points to take second, and Keokuk was third with nine points. Notre Dame/West Burlington finished with eight, and Ft. Madison scored three.
The Panthers won’t play again until Thursday, April 24, when they travel to Fairfield.