Standout career ends for Osakis’ Kraemer
One of the best players to ever come through the Osakis tennis program saw her career come to an end at the Class A singles tournament as Taylor Kraemer split her two matches in Minneapolis last Thursday.
Kraemer dominated one top-10 opponent in eighth-ranked Eva Sullivan (Providence Academy) in her opening match by a 6-0, 6-2 score to advance her to the quarterfinals. That’s where she ran into top-ranked Sonya Das of St. Paul Academy and Summit School.
Das has been ranked number one in the Class A individual polls all season and showed why on her way to a 6-0, 6-1 win. That ended a standout career for Kraemer, who has anchored the Silverstreaks at first singles for three seasons.
“Taylor meant a lot to the program, more so in how she conducted herself,” head coach Ryan Maddock said. “She is the nicest, best behaved top-level tennis player I have ever seen. She is very humble and always treated her teammates, coaches and opponents with kindness. She has a lot of class…to have a player of her ability and attitude at the top of our lineup was one of the biggest reasons for our success the last few seasons.”
Kraemer was ready to step into the top singles spot for this team by the time she was a sophomore. She made the Class A individual state tournament three straight years, while also helping the Silverstreaks to the team tournament all three seasons.
“Taylor would rank as one of the all-time best players to play in Osakis,” Maddock said. “There have been a few other top-level players to come through Osakis, such as Tara Reichmann, so it’s hard to say who is the all-time best, and it doesn’t really matter. But Taylor is right up there.”
CLASS A SINGLES TOURNAMENT
OSAKIS – First round – Kraemer def. Sullivan, 6-0, 6-2; Quarterfinals – Das def. Kraemer, 6-0, 6-1