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A tough draw did not help the Osakis tennis team in the Class A state tournament, and after facing top-ranked Breck in the opening round Tuesday morning, the Silverstreaks lost to Foley again that afternoon in Minneapolis.

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The two losses ended the season for the Silverstreaks tennis team, but Taylor Kraemer competed in the individual tournament yesterday, Thursday.

Although they were unable to advance in the team tournament, head coach Ryan Maddock was happy with the season as the team handled pressure from being ranked second in the state most of the season.

“I thought the girls handled all the expectations well, and the whole goal was to get down here,” Maddock said. “You’re disappointed you don’t get a win down here, but you’re really at the mercy of the bracket. We just had kind of a tough bracket.”

The Silverstreaks won one match against both Foley and Breck. In their morning match against Breck, Elyse Wiener and Peyton Garcia won a two-set match over Anna Zumwinkle and Eileen Bayer 7-6 (1), 6-3.

In the afternoon match, the first doubles team of Katie Anderson and Katelyn Foster rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Alycia Chmielewski and Kylee Funk of Foley.

After their afternoon match, the two senior teammates said they were happy to finish their tennis careers with a win. “We’re really blessed, because as seniors we got to go to state three times in a row,” Anderson said. “And just to end our season this way, it means a lot.”

In the morning match, Maddock was happy with the Silverstreaks’ play against a top-seeded opponent. All season, Breck was ranked first in the Class A state coaches poll, and they had one singles player and two doubles teams qualify for the individual tournament.

“We really played great this morning against Breck, I couldn’t ask any more,” Maddock said. “We knew coming in they were going to be tough.”

The Silverstreaks dropped to the consolation bracket after the Breck match, and Foley joined them after losing 4-3 to St. James. Maddock said the team had trouble recreating their effort from earlier that day against Foley.

“The effort was there, we maybe had a few more mistakes and weren’t as crisp and full of energy,” he said.

This was not the case for Anderson and Foster, who said they were more awake from resting after their 8 a.m. match.

“We were just really pumped and excited,” Foster said.

The Silverstreaks’ first singles player Taylor Kraemer faced two of the state’s best in both of her matches on Tuesday. Breck’s Patricia Zhao and Foley’s Abby Kantor were each ranked among the top five individual Class A players in the Minnesota coaches poll all season. But heading into play, she knew the state tournament is filled with the best competition Minnesota has to offer.

“I felt that it was good to have some good competition,” she said. “Coming in to state, you kind of expect that it is going to be good competition. I was really excited just to play against them and have fun.”

Although their season had just ended, Maddock was already looking forward to next year. With over half their roster comprised of seniors, the Silverstreaks will need contributions from their younger players to have a shot next year.

“It never gets old,” Maddock said. “I’m hoping, although we graduate eight people, that we can get back here again as many times as possible.”


SINGLES – No. 1 – Patricia Zhao (B) def. Taylor Kraemer, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 – Sunny Tang (B) def. Hannah Baker, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 – Eve Mackenzie (B) def. Alexa Hoffarth, 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 – Lauren Kozikowski (B) def. Hannah Szech, 6-1, 7-6(6)

DOUBLES – No. 1 – Grace Zumwinkle/Kendall Kozikowski (B) def. Katelyn Foster/Katie Anderson, 6-0, 6-4; No. 2 – Elyse Wiener/Peyton Garcia (O) def. Anna Zumwinkle/Eileen Bayer, 7-6(1), 6-3; No. 3 – Katie Schmoker/Layla Tattersfield (B) def. Ashley Kraemer/Morgan Silbernick, 6-0, 6-0


SINGLES – No. 1 – Abby Kantor (F) def. Taylor Kraemer, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 – Hattie Scott (F), def. Hannah Baker, 6-2, 6-1; No. 3 – Mackenzie Bowland (F) def. Alexa Hoffarth, 7-6 (1), 6-1; No. 4 – Kayla McIver (F) def. Hannah Szech, 6-2, 6-2.

DOUBLES – No. 1 – Katie Anderson/Katelyn Foster (O) def. Alycia Chmielewski/Kylee Funk, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 – Elizabeth Latterell/Allie Mumm (F) def. Elyse Wiener/Peyton Garcia, 6-2, 7-6 (3); No. 3 – Austin Gorecki/Jaimie Studenski (F) def. Ashley Kraemer/Morgan Silbernick, 7-5, 6-3.

Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is the sports editor at the Pierce County Herald. Before working at the Herald, Blaze was a sports reporter at the Alexandria Echo Press for one year and 10 months. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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