Tennis: Osakis still perfectThe tennis team is 17-0 in dual meets this year
The Osakis tennis team had to fight at almost every position, but the Silverstreaks got it done to move to 17-0 with a 5-2 win over Sauk Centre on Tuesday.
Taylor Kraemer and Lauren Silbernick secured wins in the singles lineup. Silbernick fought through a back-and-forth first set with Bethany Ellis before winning 7-6 (9-7). She had an easier time in the second, winning 6-2 to take the match. Kraemer needed just two sets to take care of Mariah Rieland 6-4, 6-1.
Osakis was able to sweep the doubles lineup to secure the team win. Katelyn Foster and Elyse Wiener overcame a first-set loss at the second spot to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-1. Angie Bowman and Katie Anderson and Alexa Hoffarth and Hannah Szech followed with straight-set wins at the other two spots.
“Nice win on the road today against a quality opponent,” head coach Ryan Maddock said. “We really had to work for the win today. Overall, it was a good team effort.”
Osakis 5, Sauk Centre 2
SINGLES – No. 1 – Kraemer (O) def. Mariah Rieland, 6-4, 6-1; No. 2 – Silbernick (O) def. Bethany Ellis, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2; No. 3 – Kathryn Macey (SC) def. Hannah Baker, 6-4, 6-2; No. 4 – Hope Schwinghamer (SC) def. Ashley Kraemer, 6-3, 6-3
DOUBLES – Bowman/Anderson (O) def. Callie Rodenbiker/Jessica Rodenbiker, 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 – Foster/Wiener (O) def. Sophie Rock/Katie Winters, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 – Hoffarth/Szech (O) def. Nicole Meyer/Molly Weyer, 6-2, 6-2; Exhibition – Crley Uhlenkamp/Missy Weir (O) def. Abbie Primus/Taylor Danielson, 6-3, 6-1; Exhibition – Morgan Silbernick/Jenna Fearing (O) def. Kayley Schirmers/Izzy Rolfes, 6-3, 6-1
A couple of state-ranked teams went down to the wire at the Wadena Lions Tournament on Saturday before Pequot Lakes edged Osakis by one point to take the team title.
The Patriots are ranked 14th in the latest Class A polls and they were just a little bit better than sixth-ranked Osakis over the weekend. The Silverstreaks still won three of the seven spots in a format where matches were just one set up to eight points with no ad scoring.
“In this format, you really need to get off to quick starts,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “After a long homecoming week, the girls played hard but made more errors than we are used to. We played tired today.”
Lauren Silbernick and Hannah Baker overcame any fatigue to take first place at second and third singles, respectively. Alexa Hoffarth and Hannah Szech added a first-place finish in the doubles lineup as well.
“It was still a good day as we came away with three division champions,” Maddock said.
Osakis is also adjusting to playing without Peyton Garcia in the lineup. Garcia is out for the season with a torn ACL after being injured in the powder puff football game during homecoming week.
“We miss having her in our lineup,” Maddock said.
The injury has opened up an opportunity for freshman Ashley Kraemer to slide into the fourth singles spot. She placed second at the Wadena Tournament after getting a win over Melrose at that spot last Thursday.
1. Pequot Lakes – 17
2. Osakis – 16
3. Crosby-Ironton – 10
4. Wadena-Deer Creek – 3
OSAKIS – SINGLES – No. 1 – Taylor Kraemer – second; No. 2 – Silbernick – first; No. 3 – Baker – first; No. 4 – Ashley Kraemer – second
DOUBLES – No. 1 – Angie Bowman/Katie Anderson – third; No. 2 – Katelyn Foster/Elyse Wiener – second; No. 3 – Hoffarth/Szech – first