Alexandria girls' tennis: Cards advance to second round
The No. 2 ranked Alexandria Cardinals cruised to the second round of the Section 8AA-North team tennis tournament with a 7-0 win over Fergus Falls Friday, improving the Cardinals' record to 21-2.
All seven spots were won in straight sets.
"Our singles lineup was untouchable, surrendering just two games in the entire singles lineup," said head coach Dave Ronning. "Our third doubles team of Miranda Sater and Rachel Sjostrand were also untouchable, and played a very solid match, winning 6-0, 6-1. If they continue to play like they did today, they will be a tough team to beat throughout the tournament.
"Marissa Wheeler and Kim Wilkins at second doubles started slow but got things under control and ran away with their match," he added. "Jessica Larson and Jenna Hedstrom at first doubles had their hands full, but pulled out a win in straight sets."
The Cards will play Brainerd today, Saturday, at 9 a.m. Alexandria has faced the Warriors twice this season already, winning both of those meetings. Brainerd, the third seed in the North half, defeated Detroit Lakes 6-1 yesterday.
"Although the Cardinals have beaten the Warriors twice this season, they will have their hands full as Brainerd is a very good team," said Ronning. The Warriors
No. 1 - Rebekah Lukes, Alex, def. Samantha Velde 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 - Ellie Bergstrand, Alex, def. Sarah Taylor 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 - Carly Snell, Alex, def. Taylor Leapold 6-1, 6-0.
No. 4 - Bria Schueler, Alex, def. Kendra King 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 - Jessica Larson-Jenna Hedstrom, Alex, def. Kari Walvatne-Morgan Daniels 6-4, 7-5.
No. 2 - Marissa Wheeler-Kim Wilkins, Alex, def. Olivia Stigen-Madison Deulich 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3 - Rachel Sjostrand-Miranda Sater, Alex, def. Emma Clark-Hannah Nelson 6-0, 6-1.