Cardinals tennis sweeps home tournament
The Alexandria tennis team picked up three wins last Saturday in a home invitational tournament.
Alexandria picked up wins against Sauk Centre (7-0), Crookston (6-1) and Coon Rapids (4-3) to go 3-0 in the tournament. The three wins Saturday helped the Cardinals recover from two conference losses against St. Cloud Tech and Brainerd over the week.
"It was a nice day for the girls after losing two tough matches during the week to CLC foes," head coach Dave Ronning said.
Doubles play led the Cardinals in the tournament on Saturday, as the three teams never lost a match all day.
"It was a landmark day for our doubles teams as we did not lose a doubles match all day," Ronning said. "We made some changes to our lineup and the girls did a great job with the changes."
COON RAPIDS 3
Against a team they had never faced before, the Cardinals were able to take a close 4-3 victory over Coon Rapids.
The visiting Cardinals from Coon Rapids entered play on Saturday with a 7-1 record, but Alexandria was able to pull out the victory thanks to wins by their three doubles teams and third singles.
Bria Schueler picked up the only singles victory for the Cardinals against Coon Rapids 6-1, 6-1.
Two of the three doubles matches against Coon Rapids came down to third-set tiebreakers. Marissa Wheeler and Rachel Sjostrand won in a third set tiebreaker at first doubles 6-1, 6-7 (5), (7-4), as did second doubles Kim Wilkins and Kerri Wilkins, 3-6, 7-5, (7-2). The third doubles team of Hannah Vickstrom and Abby Telander won 6-3, 7-5.
Alexandria rolled to their second win of the day over Crookston, 6-1.
The only loss of the match for the Cardinals came at first singles after Ellie Bergstrand began feeling light headed and had to default because of the heat.
The only match that went to a third-set tiebreaker was at first doubles. Wheeler and Sjostrand recovered from a first set where they lost every game to win the second set 6-4. From there, they won the third set tiebreaker 9-7.
"They settled down and started keeping more balls in play instead of going for winners all the time, and that proved to be the game changer," Ronning said.
SAUK CENTRE 0
The Cardinals earned their first win of the day in a sweep over Sauk Centre.
The closest match between the two teams came at first singles, where Bergstrand won in a three set tiebreaker 6-3, 4-6, (7-2).
After winning three matches on Saturday, the Cardinals improved to 8-4 in the season.
ALEXANDRIA 7, SAUK CENTRE 0
SINGLES — No. 1 — Ellie Bergstrand (A) def. Bethany Ellis, 6-3, 4-6, (7-2); No. 2 — Carly Snell (A) def. Morgan Kranz, 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 — Brie Schueler (A) def. Hope Schwinghamer, 6-2, 7-6 (3); No. 4 — Kim Snell (A) def. Faith Henry, 6-2, 6-2
DOUBLES — No. 1 — Marissa Wheeler/Rachel Sjostrand (A) def. Jessica Rodenbiker/Molly Weyer 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 — Kim Wilkins/Kerri Wilkins (A) def. Sophia Rick/Nicole Meyer, 7-5, 6-0; No. 3 — Hannah Vickstrom/Abby Telander (A) def. Izzy Rulfes/Abby Welberg, 6-2, 6-1
ALEXANDRIA 6, CROOKSTON 1
SINGLES — No. 1 — Liz Awender (C) def. Bergstrand 6-7 (3), default; No. 2 — Carly Snell (A) def. Leah Trostad, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 — Schueler (A) def. Kennedy Resendiz 6-0, 6-3; No. 4 — Kim Snell (A) def. Amy Follette, 6-0, 6-3
DOUBLES — No. 1 — Wheeler/Sjostrand (A) def. Amber Trostad/Ally Tiedemann, 0-6, 6-4, (9-7); No. 2 — Kim Wilkins/Kerri Wilkins (A) def. Rachel Kanten/Lydia Shafer, 6-3, 7-5; No. 3 — Vickstrom/Telander (A) def. Tori Demarais/Alysa Fee, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
ALEXANDRIA 4, COON RAPIDS 3
SINGLES — No. 1 — Heidi Hannula (CR) def. Bergstrand, default; No. 2 — Emily Bauer (CR) def. Carly Snell, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), (7-5); No. 3 - Schueler (A) def. Rosie Grainger, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 — Allison Bauer (CR) def. Kim Snell, 6-2, 6-0
DOUBLES — No. 1 — Wheeler/Sjostrand (A) def. Helen Nelson/Lauren Beckman 6-1, 6-7 (5), (7-4); No. 2 — Kim Wilkins/Kerri Wilkins (A) def. Sarah Brinda/Andrea Rehm, 3-6, 7-5, (7-2); No. 3 — Vickstrom/Telander (A) def. Tina McManus/Carly Westra, 6-3, 7-5