Knight girls split tennis matches at New York Mills
West Central Area split its two matches at the New York Mills triangular Saturday, falling to Pequot Lakes 5-2 in the opener, then edging the host Eagles 4-3 in the second match.
“Pequot Lakes was a team we haven’t seen in a while,” said Knight coach Sue Maier, “and they proved to be a tough competitive team with most of our seven matches being very difficult.
“They have an experienced team with lots of depth, hitting solid shots all the way through their lineup. I was impressed with our team and some of the impressive points we played against them.
“This ends a long week of tournament play for us,” she added. “I feel that all of our players have picked up their games tremendously and have increased the mental toughness they need in their games to overcome opponents.”
The Knights are now 3-1 on the season and will be at home against Osakis tomorrow, Thursday, at 10 a.m.
PEQUOT LAKES 5,
WEST CENTRAL AREA 2
No. 1 – Angela Villella, PL, def. Mikayla Paulson 10-0, No. 2 – Kirstie Harmdierks, PL, def. Nicole Anderson 10-8, No. 3 – Sarah Wagner, WCA, def. Tricia Villella 10-5, No. 4 – Kelley Haberer, WCA, def. Claire Erholtz 10-3.
No. 1 – Megan Lenz-Cori Lundmark, PL, def. Amanda Hanson-Jasmyn Sutton 10-3, No. 2 – Katelyn Schmidt-Kaycee Nelson, PL, def. Becky Rauchbauer-Sarah Frisch 10-0, No. 3 – Nicci Hedtke-Brittny Breitbach, PL, def. Lauren Grenson-Emily Frykman 10-9 (7-1).
WEST CENTRAL AREA 4, NEW YORK MILLS 3
No. 1 – Isabelle Resh, NYM, def. Mikayla Paulson 10-1, No. 2 – Missy Headrickx, NYM, def. Nicole Anderson 10-6, No. 3 – Sarah Wagner, WCA, def. Krista Guldseth 10-2, No. 4 – Amanda Hanson, WCA, def. Emily Blomberg 10-1.
No. 1 – Savannah Thompson-Lauren Bach, NYM, def. Kelley Haberer-Jasmyn Sutton 10-4, No. 2 – Becky Rauchbauer-Sarah Frisch, WCA, def. Kaitlyn Hontsala-Jen Maki 10-7, No. 3 – Lauren Grenson-Carly Gilbertson, WCA, def. Abby Salo-Victoria Selander 10-4.
The West Central Area tennis team traveled to Staples and Wadena last Wednesday and came home with a fourth-place finish in the Highway 10 tournament.
Eight teams participated in the event, with individuals gaining points for their team by competing in their own division. The Knights finished tied for fourth with Detroit Lakes after all was said and done.
Sarah Wagner had the top finish for WCA, coming in second at No. 3 singles. Kelley Haberer was not far behind at No. 4 singles with her third-place finish, and Nicole Anderson took fourth in the second singles spot.
The Knights had two teams come home as consolation champions in the doubles lineup. Amanda Hanson and Jasmyn Sutton teamed up at No. 1, while Lauren Grenson and Emily Frykman did the same at the third doubles position. The second doubles team of Becky Rauchbauer and Sarah Frisch took fourth place for the Knights.
HIGHWAY 10 TOURNAMENT RESULTS
TEAM FINISHES – 1. Stewartville; 2. Osakis; 3. Sartell; 4. WCA, Detroit Lakes – tied; 6. New York Mills; 7. Staples; 8. Wadena
WCA INDIVIDUAL RESULTS – SINGLES – No. 1 – Mikayla Paulson – eighth place; No. 2 – Nicole Anderson – fourth place; No. 3 – Sarah Wagner – second place; No. 4 – Kelley Haberer – third place
DOUBLES – No. 1 – Amanda Hanson/Jasmyn Sutton – consolation champions; No. 2 – Becky Rauchbauer/Sarah Frisch – fourth place; No. 3 – Lauren Grenson/Emily Frykman – consolation champions