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Pioneer Girls Advance to Elite Eight

FORT MADISON — The Pioneer girls’ tennis team hasn’t lost a dual all season long and wasn’t about to lose its first Saturday.

The Pioneers, playing in Fort Madison for a chance to move on to the first round of state team tennis, rolled past Holy Trinity in their regional final by a final score of 5-1.

Maharishi School is part of the round of eight for the 13th time in the program’s 22-year history and is now 12-0 on the season. The Pioneers will be competing for a chance to move on to the final four with a matchup against tennis powerhouse Camanche on Tuesday.

Pioneer No. 1 Minna Mohammadi picked up the most lopsided victory of the day with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Holy Trinity’s Emily Lewis. Sophia Medvedeva fought past a close first set to pick up a 7-6, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles, and Pearl Sawhney picked up a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 4. Maharishi School’s Dia Huggins won 6-2, 6-1 and Alina Knight won 6-0, 6-3 to secure the team victory in singles play.

The Pioneers open state team tennis vs. Camanche at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Mercer Park in Iowa City.

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  • 1. Mohammadi (MSAE) def. Lewis (HT) 6-0, 6-2
  • 2. Tinguely (HT) def. Sheridan (MSAE) 6-1, 6-2
  • 3. Medvedeva (MSAE) def. Hoyer (HT) 7-6, 6-1
  • 4. Sawhney (MSAE) def. Cuthbert (HT) 6-1, 6-4
  • 5. Huggins (MSAE) def. Liebert (HT) 6-2, 6-1
  • 6. Knight (MSAE) def. Abolt (HT) 6-0, 6-3

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