Bruins girls tennis advances to state semifinals

Saturday, October 13, 2012 | 7:09 p.m. CDT; updated 7:32 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge girls tennis team defeated Francis Howell High School and Parkway North High School on Saturday in the first two rounds of the Class 2 state tournament to advance to Thursday's semifinals.

The Bruins won both of their matches 5-0 at Francis Howell. Rock Bridge's two freshmen players, Tess Lovig and Hannah Pohl, did not lose a set. Senior Maddy Kayser didn't lose a game against Francis Howell and only lost two games against Parkway North.

"Tess and Hannah played very well and have been great lately," Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb said. "We are looking forward to going to another final four."

Loeb said that with the victory, the Bruins have advanced to the state semifinals for the 13th time in the past 14 years. The only time the Bruins didn't advance this far since 1999 was in 2008.

Rock Bridge (24-1) is set to take on Jefferson City in the semifinals 9 a.m. Thursday at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. The finals are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday.

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