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Jung to make top eight of state tennis tournament for Midgets girls tennis

GRAND FORKS -- Only a win away from making the top eight in the state, Ireland Jung had a challenge at hand. Going against the East Region's fourth-seeded Jenna Forknell of Fargo Davies, who had beaten her before, Jung found her strategy and got ...

GRAND FORKS - Only a win away from making the top eight in the state, Ireland Jung had a challenge at hand.
Going against the East Region’s fourth-seeded Jenna Forknell of Fargo Davies, who had beaten her before, Jung found her strategy and got her payback.
Jung, a Dickinson High senior, kept her career going for one more day and beat Forknell 6-4, 6-4, on Friday in the girls tennis state tournament consolation quarterfinals.
“We were really celebrating this victory in light of losing to her before,” Dickinson head coach Lia Bradley said. “Once Ireland realized she was able to beat her with consistency, she withheld the pressure. Ireland never let up. She always knew she could beat her. She never left her mental toughness.”
Jung, the No. 6 seed out of the West Region, is now one win away from the fifth-place match, but no matter what will be of the top eight individuals.
“Ireland was hitting the ball harder than I’ve ever seen,” Bradley said. “She was consistent, but she was hitting with power. I’ve never seen her play this well.”
Jung started the day by losing to the East Region’s No. 3 seed Olivia Keelin of Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove 6-0, 6-3. However, after being sent back into the consolation bracket, Jung came back and beat the East Region’s seventh-seeded Heidi Lageson of Shanley-Oak Grove 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
That set up Jung’s match with Forknell.
Bradley said Jung fell behind 3-0 in the first set, which started to bring back memories of their first matchup when Forknell won.
But Jung switched up her strategy, leading to longer rallies. Jung countered Forknell’s power with consistency, Bradley said.
Jung walked away with the win and now will play Lauryn Andre of Bismarck High at 9 a.m. today for a right to play in the fifth-place match.
“Ireland started to realize that if she stayed in the point, even if (Forknell) hits with so much power, if (Jung) can stay in the point, maybe she could get her to make a mistake,” Bradley said. “That really threw her off. And suddenly Ireland started to win games.”
Dickinson’s doubles team of Lauren Jorda and Dynae Zubke, the No. 8 seed of the West Region, lost in their first match to the East Region’s top-seeded Maia Wendel and Reagan Ingstad of Valley City 6-1, 6-1. Then Jorda and Zubke lost to Jamestown’s Bailee Graves and Kaitlin Mullowney, the fourth seed of the West Region, 6-2, 6-2, which ended their tournaments.
However, Bradley said she was proud of the way they played against the power and accuracy of those teams.
Bradley added that she was simply proud of Jorda for being a freshman and getting experience at state and Zubke for being a senior and making the trip to state in her final year of play.
The state tournament was simply a good experience for Dickinson, Bradley said.
“Our goal for (Jorda and Zubke) was to bring them to state. It wasn’t an easy thing to achieve,” Bradley said. “They worked hard for that, and that’s why we’re very excited for them. We’re very happy that they were able to be in state and be a part of all of this. It was like a dream come true for both of them. They fought hard until the end and stuck together as a team. That’s what took them to state in the first place.”

Singles: (No. 3 East Region) Olivia Keelin, Fargo Shanley-Oak Grove, def. (No. 6 West Region) Ireland Jung, Dickinson High, 6-0, 6-3. Jung, D, def. (No. 7 East Region) Heidi Lageson, FSOG, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Jung, D, def. (No. 4 East Region) Jenna Forknell, Fargo Davies, 6-4, 6-4.
Doubles: (No. 1 East Region) Maia Wendel/Reagan Ingstad, Valley City, def. (No. 8 West Region) Lauren Jorda/Dynae Zubke, D, 6-1, 6-1. (No. 4 West Region) Bailee Graves/Kaitlin Mullowney, Jamestown, def. Jorda/Zubke, D, 6-2, 6-2.

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