GIRLS TENNIS: Chalfant pulls early upset, finishes fourth at 1A district meet

WATERLOO – Lynne Chalfant’s career-best day of tennis meant she would be on the court for hours during yesterday’s Class 1A Region 6 meet.

Chalfant pulled an early upset and went on to place fourth in the singles competition. The first- and second-place finishers advanced to the state tournament.

“She was just really consistent and methodical about what she was doing,” WCHS head coach Heather Kierzek said of Chalfant’s day that featured four matches. “She got some of the toughest competition out of the way right away and that was good for her.”

Chalfant, a WCHS junior, upset Union’s fourth-seeded Lauren Barz 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round. She advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 thumping of Iowa Falls-Alden’s Maggie Cooper.

Top-seeded and district champion Courtney Schneider of Dubuque Wahlert send Chalfant into the consolation final, 6-0, 6-1.

The only match that Chalfant wishes she had back was a 7-6, (8-6), 0-6, 10-4 loss to Fort Dodge St. Edmond’s Lily Peterson in the consolations. Chalfant knocked off Peterson twice during the regular season.

“She’s disappointed she wasn’t able to beat Lily again, but once she sits back and realizes what she accomplished, I think she’ll be happy,” Kierzek said.

Courtney Lampman also played singles for the Lynx, but was unable to pick up a win.

The doubles teams of Sierra Anderson and Olinca Padierna, and Olivia Tasler and Ashley Richardson were also eliminated early on.