Smith, Hoogveld earn state medals
Jefferson City doubles team finishes eighth in Class 2
Sunday, October 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Paige Smith and Eden Hoogveld did the Jefferson City girls tennis program proud.
The pair earned all-state honors with an eighth-place finish at the Class 2 state doubles tennis tournament Saturday.
Jefferson City’s other doubles team of Kelly Raithel and Haley Snellen fell in the consolation semifinals.
“I was very pleased with the way the girls played,” Jefferson City coach John Blosser said. “They played doubles very well.”
Smith and Hoogveld opened with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Parkway Central’s Elena Wilner and Rebecca Davis on Friday in the round of 16.
After falling to Notre Dame de Sion’s Jane King and Margo Gerke 1-6, 2-6 in the quarterfinals, Smith and Hoogveld moved over to the consolation bracket.
Smith and Hoogveld beat Raithel and Snellen in the consolation quarterfinals 6-4, 6-1 to wrap up play Friday.
Smith and Hoogveld took on the defending state champions in the consolation semifinals — Rock Bridge’s Phoebe Boeschen and Sophi Farid — and fell 6-2, 2-6, 1-6.
That put Smith and Hoogveld in the seventh-place match against St. Joseph’s Academy’s Mary Burger and Olivia Conway, where the Lady Jays fell 3-6, 1-6 to finish eighth in the state.
“They played well this week,” Blosser said. “(The team) set a goal to win a match at state and get somebody into the all-state category. We accomplished the second one.”
Jefferson City took fourth in the team tournament Thursday, falling to eventual state champion Lee’s Summit North in the semifinals and St. Joseph’s Academy in the third-place match.
Raithel and Snellen opened play Friday with a 1-6, 1-6 loss to Burger-Conway of St. Joseph’s Academy team before defeating Incarnate Word’s Katie Winkler and Jessica Stumpf 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the consolation quarterfinals. Raithel and Snellen ended their tournament with the consolation semifinal loss to Smith and Hoogveld.
Jefferson City appears primed for another run at state next season, as the Lady Jays lose just two seniors in Snellen and Delta Verslues.
“We’re pretty fired up and ready to get back to it,” Blosser said.
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