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Taylor Kraemer reached for the ball on a return against Melrose on Monday. Kraemer is back anchoring the first singles spot for third-ranked Osakis. (Echo Press photo by Blaze Fugina)

Osakis tennis: Silverstreaks pass first test

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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
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The Osakis girls' tennis team started the season off on the right foot on Monday by winning three matches in their annual home quadrangular.

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The Silverstreaks were ranked third among Class A teams in the season's first state coaches poll, and they did not disappoint with wins over 10th ranked Melrose, Morris and New York Mills.

The closest match of the day came against Melrose, when the Silverstreaks were able to squeeze a 4-3 win past the fellow state ranked team.

"We had a very close match with Melrose," said head coach Ryan Maddock. "Overall we played well. We are happy to get the first one out of the way on a positive note and move on from here."

The Silverstreaks won the match thanks to wins by the bottom half of their singles and doubles lineup. Third singles player Hannah Baker defeated her Melrose opponent 6-3, 6-2, and in fourth singles, Hannah Szech won with a third set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-1, 10-5.

The Silverstreaks second doubles team of Katie Anderson and Elyse Wiener won 6-2, 6-2, as did third doubles pair Ashley Kraemer and Morgan Silbernick 6-3, 6-1.

After getting their toughest match of the day out of the way, the Silverstreaks rolled to 7-0 wins against Morris and New York Mills in the afternoon. The entire Silverstreaks varsity won at least one match on the day. Additionally, Baker and Szech both won three matches on the day.

"One of our goals today was to get all 15 varsity girls a win on the first day out," said Maddock. "It is nice to get the season off to a positive start while realizing that we have a lot of improving to do if we are to keep being successful."

Against Morris, the Silverstreaks' singles wins came from Taylor Kraemer 6-3, 6-3, Alexa Hoffarth 6-4, 6-1, Baker 6-1, 6-1 and Szech 6-2, 6-1.

The Silverstreaks swept their doubles matchups against Morris with wins by Peyton Garcia and Katelyn Foster 6-2, 4-6, 10-4, Anderson and Wiener 6-1, 6-1, and Carley Uhlenkamp and Krista Fearing 6-1, 6-1.

The Silverstreaks finished up the triangular by winning every set against New York Mills. The singles players who picked up wins against New York Mills were Hoffarth 6-1, 6-1, Baker 6-1, 6-2 and Szech (6-1, 6-1). New York Mills forfeited the fourth singles match.

They also earned doubles victories from Silbernick and Kraemer 6-2, 6-1, Uhlenkamp and Fearing 6-1, 6-1, and Missy Weir and Marissa Zarbok 6-1, 6-1.

MATCH RESULTS

Osakis 4, Melrose 3

SINGLES - No. 1 - Grace Brang (M) def. Taylor Kraemer, 4-6, 6-7 (4-7); No. 2 - Elisha Engelmeyer (M) def. Alexa Hoffarth, 3-6, 3-6; No. 3 - Hannah Baker (O) def. Jailyn Brinkman, 6-3, 6-2; Hannah Szech (O) def. Kennedy Meyer, 3-6, 6-1, (10-5)

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Madison Rausch/Becky Klaphake (M) def. Peyton Garcia/ Katelyn Foster, 5-7, 4-6; No. 2 - Katie Anderson/Elyse Wiener (O) def. Kelly Kennedy/Sheila Poepping; No. 3 - Ashley Kraemer/Morgan Silbernick (O) def. Mady Brinkman/Madison Worms, 6-3, 6-1; EXHIBITION - Carley Uhlenkamp/Krista Fearing (O) def. Harley Walker/Samantha Poepping

Osakis 7, Morris 0

SINGLES - No. 1 - Kraemer (O) def. Abbe Olson, 6-3, 6-3); No. 2 - Hoffarth (O) def. Katie Cannon, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 - Baker (O) def. Brittany Cardrell, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 - Szech (O) def. Jessica Burks, 6-2, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Garcia/Foster (O) def. Carly Gullickson/Kaitlin Vogel, 6-2, 4-6, (10-4); No. 2 - Anderson/Wiener (O) def. Hannah Breggemann/Rachel Wagner, 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 - Uhlenkamp/K. Fearing (O) def. Alyna Kleinwolterink and Caitlin Wilts, 6-1, 6-1; EXHIBITION - Missy Weir/Jenna Fearing (O) def. Sarah Jackson and Lindsay Flogstad, 8-0

Osakis 7, New York Mills 0

SINGLES - No. 1 - Hoffarth (O) def. Abby Salo, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 - Baker (O) def. Victoria Selander, 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 - Szech (O) def. Malory Weber, 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 - Osakis won by forfeit

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Silbernick/Kraemer (O) def. Jordin Roberts/Megan Dow, 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 - Uhlenkamp/ K. Fearing (O) def. Jenelle Boe/Mikayla Honer, 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 - Weir/Marissa Zarbok (O) def. Robyn Harper/Kori Salo, 6-1, 6-1

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