Stars

LINCOLN — Kearney Catholic was one of the top performing teams at the Class B girls state tennis tournament Thursday at Woods Tennis Center in Lincoln.

The Stars wrapped up the first day of the two-day, 30-team event in a tie for sixth place with 16 points.

Second-seeded Brooke Eschenbrenner and Liza Trettel, the Stars’ No. 2 doubles team, are in contention for a state championship. After receiving a first-round bye, they knocked off Holdrege and York to advance to semifinals.

In their match against York, Eschenbrenner and Trettel dropped the first set 6-1 before winning the next two sets 6-3, 10-8 to keep their run alive.

They will face third-seeded Grand Island Central Catholic in today’s semifinals. Top-seeded Omaha Duchesne Academy and fourth-seeded Lincoln Christian will meet in the other semifinals match.

Twelveth-seeded Ashley Waggoner, the Stars’ No. 1 singles player, defeated Lexington’s Gracey Smith in straight sets in the first round. After losing the first set to Lincoln Christian 4-6, Waggoner battled back to win the next two sets 6-2 and 10-8 in her second match. She fell to fourth-seeded GICC 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.

Waggoner will face Holdrege’s Kaylin Brown in a fifth-place semifinals match Friday.

Freshman Sydney Conner defeated Omaha Gross Catholic in her opening match 6-2, 6-4. She lost a tight match, 6-1, 6-1, to Crete in the second round.

The No. 1 doubles team of Ashton Huls and Emily Saadi dropped their first-round match to Hastings 7-5, 6-1.

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