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Lauren Silbernick, who played at second singles for the Osakis girls' tennis team,won two of her three matches in the Section 6A team tournament last week to help Osakis to a 21-0 record. The Silverstreaks are heading back to the State Class A tournament for the second straight year. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken)

Girls' tennis: Osakis heading back to state

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By Eric Morken

Osakis tennis coach Ryan Maddock has lauded his team's ability to find ways to win important points in pressure moments all season.

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Last week, the stakes of every match went to another level in the Section 6A tournament. The Silverstreaks responded by playing some of their best tennis of the season on their way to securing their second straight trip to a state tournament by rolling through the rest of the field.

"Everyone played so confidently and aggressive right from the beginning," Maddock said. "We got off to big leads in every match and were able to hold them off."

Osakis got dominant play from its singles lineup all week as they dropped just one of 12 matches. That helped the Silverstreaks secure a 5-2 win over Melrose in the section finals after winning 6-1 against Minnewaska in the semifinals and running past West Central Area 7-0 in the opening round.

"The back-to-back state tournament appearances are special," Maddock said. "It means all of the girls' hard work is paying off, and it just makes them want more. They really like to play, so seeing the success that we have just compounds that exponentially."

Maddock was perhaps most impressed by how his team played against a young but talented Minnewaska team in the semifinals. Osakis controlled things from start to finish in winning five of its six matches in straight sets. It was a performance that the head coach called "special" and one that has epitomized how this team has responded against quality opponents throughout the year.

By Eric Morken

emorken@echopress.com

Osakis tennis coach Ryan Maddock has lauded his team's ability to find ways to win important points in pressure moments all season.

Last week, the stakes of every match went to another level in the Section 6A tournament. The Silverstreaks responded by playing some of their best tennis of the season on their way to securing their second straight trip to a state tournament by rolling through the rest of the field.

"Everyone played so confidently and aggressive right from the beginning," Maddock said. "We got off to big leads in every match and were able to hold them off."

Osakis got dominant play from its singles lineup all week as they dropped just one of 12 matches. That helped the Silverstreaks secure a 5-2 win over Melrose in the section finals after winning 6-1 against Minnewaska in the semifinals and running past West Central Area 7-0 in the opening round.

"The back-to-back state tournament appearances are special," Maddock said. "It means all of the girls' hard work is paying off, and it just makes them want more. They really like to play, so seeing the success that we have just compounds that exponentially."

Maddock was perhaps most impressed by how his team played against a young but talented Minnewaska team in the semifinals. Osakis controlled things from start to finish in winning five of its six matches in straight sets. It was a performance that the head coach called "special" and one that has epitomized how this team has responded against quality opponents throughout the year.

SECTION 6A TENNIS

Osakis 5, Melrose 2

SINGLES - No. 1 - T. Kraemer (O) def. Grace Brang, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 - Jailyn Brinkman (M) def. Silbernick, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 - Baker (O) def. Kelly Kennedy, 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 - Hoffarth (O) def. Kenedy Meyer, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Michaela Worms/Madison Rausch (M) def. Angela Bowman/Katie Anderson, 6-7, 6-4, 10-7; No. 2 - Wiener/Foster (O) def. Elaine Kraker/Ashley Zenzen, 6-1, 7-5; No. 3 - Szech/A. Kraemer (O) def. Elisha Engelmeyer/Sheila Poepping, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Osakis 6, Minnewaska 1

SINGLES - No. 1 - T. Kraemer (O) def. Ellen Stensrud, 6-0, 1-6, 6-0; No. 2 - Silbernick (O) def. Jada Hoffman, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 - Baker (O) def. Hannah Freske, 6-1, 6-4; No. 4 - Hoffarth (O) def. Karissa LaMont, 6-0, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Rachel Riley/MaKenna Hanson (M) def. Bowman/Anderson, 0-6, 6-2, 10-8; No. 2 - Wiener/Foster (O) def. Sarah Freske/Annika Pederson, 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 - Szech/A. Kraemer (O) def. Joelle Thorfinnson/Miranda Thoen, 6-3, 6-2

Osakis 7, WCA 0

SINGLES - No. 1 - T. Kraemer (O) def. Krista Paulson, 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 - Silbernick (O) def. Lauryn McLaughlin, 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 - Baker (O) def. Regan Biss, 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 - Hoffarth (O) def. Savanna Westrow, 6-1, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Bowman/Anderson (O) def. Vessa Bumgardner/Dawn Cleveland, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 - Foster/Wiener (O) def. Taylor Endreson/Marissa Hayward, 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 - Szech/A. Kraemer (O) def. Hailey Kreft/Megan Holl, 6-0, 6-1

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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