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DeWitt places sixth at state

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Jenni DeWitt
SIKESTON -- Sikeston's Jenni DeWitt finished sixth at the 2005 Missouri Class 1 tennis singles competition at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.

DeWitt dropped a hard-fought first-round match in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10-0), to Marshall's Kelsey Franklin, then reeled off three straight wins to reach the consolation final.

She defeated Ellyn Turner of Chillicothe 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the consolation bracket.

In the consolation quarterfinals, DeWitt won 6-3, 6-2 over Courtney Jahn of Forsyth to advance to the consolation semifinals where she defeated Krista Toler of Bolivar, 6-4, 6-4.

"This was her best match in the consolation round," said DeWitt's mother and Sikeston coach Lynne DeWitt, of the Jahn match.

In the fifth-place match, DeWitt lost to senior Greer Mackie of Visitation Academy, 6-0, 6-0.

Said coach DeWitt, "This match was closer than the score indicates. Jenni was in every game and her play was outstanding."

With a bright future ahead for the sophomore Jenni, Lynne DeWitt said, "She has worked hard in the off-season to get to this point and she knows that she has to keep working for next year."

Kara True of Charleston also lost her first-round match, falling to Morgan Rainey of Barstow, 6-0, 6-0. True won her consolation match by default over Carley Markovitz of MICDS before being eliminated by Marshall's Franklin 6

-3, 6-2 in a consolation quarterfinal.

Susan Sullivan, a John Burroughs senior, defended her 2004 title with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over sophomore Rainey for the 2005 championship.

Freshman Stephanie Dudzinski of Barstow was third, junior Amy Ochs of Kirksville fourth.