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Cassie Stanek

Cassie Stanek prepares for her final practice at Sioux City's Lewis Park Tennis Courts before departing for the state tennis tournament in Waterloo, Iowa.

WATERLOO, Iowa | Bishop Heelan’s Cassie Stanek posted a 2-1 record on a rainy opening day that moved action indoors at the girls state tennis tournament.

Stanek lost her first match of the season in the Class 1A quarterfinals, but is still alive in the consolation bracket and is guaranteed at least an eighth-place finish today.

“She’s fighting her butt off, I’ll tell you that much,” said Heelan assistant coach Doug Stanek, Cassie’s father. “There’s no easy matches down here -- every girl is going to fight.”

Stanek opened with a 6-0, 6-3 singles victory over Clarinda’s Casey Dean before suffering a 6-2, 6-4 defeat in the quarterfinals to Mary Eide of Fort Dodge St. Edmond.

Stanek bounced back, eliminating Waterloo Columbus’ Gabby Greco 6-3, 6-2, and will face either Aplington-Parkersburg’s Ashley Dohlman or St. Edmond’s Ellen Chalstrom in today’s consolation semifinal.

Stanek (21-1), the two-time defending MRAC champion, took a 19-0 singles record into Friday’s action. She was the regional champion after beating fellow qualifier Hannah Coenen of Spirit Lake-Okoboji in last week's regional final.

Coenen bowed out after two matches on Thursday, but her doubles teammates K.J. Veldman and Rachel Westergard won both of their matches in the 1A doubles bracket.

The SL-O duo downed Waverly-Shell Rock’s Marissa Buresh and Morgan Kuhrt 6-4, 6-3 before beating Norwalk’s Kacci ClarkWilt and Michaela Pearsson 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Veldman and Westergard face Waterloo Columbus’ Anne Nora and Abby Greenwood in Friday’s semifinal.


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