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Columbus High girls tennis took third place out of eight teams at the Gator Invitational on Monday hosted by Lincoln North Star.

The two singles competitors and two doubles teams finished with a combined 11-5 record.

Lincoln North Star won its own invitational while Norris took second.

"The girls played good tennis overall today," said head coach Dave Licari, in comments sent to The Telegram. "We are becoming more aggressive, which will help us as we continue through the season."

Lauren Benck competed in the No. 1 singles spot for the Discovers and took home the bronze medal. She started out the day with an 8-6 victory of Millard South's Greta Wostoupol but lost to Thi Huynh of LNS in the second round.

Benck responded with an 8-2 win over Olivia Rickley of Bryan and was victorious in the third-place match against Norris' Crystal Craft by a score of 8-1.

Melanie Jones of CHS started out the day a perfect 3-0.

She defeated Norfolk's Lindsey Marotz 8-3, Alissa Vlasak of Wilber-Clatonia 8-2 and finished pool play with an 8-5 win against Ella Haakinson of Millard South.

In the championship match, Jones fell 8-2 to Elkhorn's Becca Vala to take home the silver medal in No. 2 singles.

Aspen Luebbe and Emily Miksch comprised the No. 1 doubles team. The duo suffered early adversity with losses in their first two matches before bouncing back in the fifth-place match. The first loss was an 8-6 loss to Norris' Izzy Havel and Georginia Havel followed by a defeat to Madi Geary and Lauren Walentz of Millard South, 8-4.

But the CHS duo responded swept Wilber-Clatonia's Sierra Laschanzyk and Bree Hormandl 8-0 in their third match of the day.

In the fifth-place match, Luebbe and Miksch defeated Norfolk's Jadyn Robinson and Skylar Kelly 8-4.

Brooke Benck and Addi Duranski were the No. 2 doubles team for the Discoverers. The duo started their day off with an 8-6 win over Elkhorn's Megan Raszler and Maggie McElhose before winning 8-0 against Jackie Kalkwarf and Sage Thelen of Wilber-Clatonia.

They then dropped a heart breaker in the third match, losing 9-7 to Anastasia Krueger and Maddie Starr of Norris.

The No. 2 doubles team took home the bronze in the final match when they won 8-4 over Jalen Hoffman and Emily Schwanbeck of Norfolk.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com 

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