Mattoon’s Tess Huene and Emily Stortzum battled back to win their consolation match, take third and qualify for the state tennis tournament.

Charleston’s Rachel Thomas lost a semifinal match to Newton’s Jacelyn Street in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, at the Class 1A state tennis sectional held in Effingham on Saturday morning.

Street did not lose a game in this tournament until the final, where she lost to St. Anthony’s Emily Mossman, 6-0, 6-2. 

Thomas took fourth overall after losing the consolation match to Diana Mossman of Teutopolis, 6-1, 6-1, and advances to the state finals next week.

Mattoon’s Tess Heune and Emily Stortzum also lost in their semifinal match, falling in doubles to St. Anthony, 6-1, 6-2. But Huene and Stortzum won their consolation match, beating a team from Casey-Westfield, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, to take third place and also qualify for the state tourney.

In Friday’s matches, Charleston’s Rachel Thomas won two matches to advance into Saturday’s semifinals that earned her a berth in the state tournament set for next week.

Thomas, who won the Apollo Conference title at No. 1 earlier this month, beat Teutopolis’s Carley Habing, 6-2, 6-3, after receiving an opening-round bye. She then cruised past Robinson’s Ella Dorfmueller, 6-3, 6-1, in the third round to advance to play Newton’s Jacelyn Street, who did not lose a single game in her two matches Friday.

Huene and Stortzum, who also won a conference title, defeated Newton’s Allison Harris and Claire Griffith, 6-4, 6-3, after their opening-round bye and then outlasted Teutopolis’s Isabelle Hemmen and Grace Hoene, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, to advance to Saturday’s doubles semifinals.