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Osakis tennis narrowly beats Minnewaska

The second ranked Osakis tennis team narrowly avoided an upset victory at the hands of Minnewaska with a 4-3 win on Monday evening in Glenwood.

The result came down to four matches that went to three sets, and Osakis won three of those to earn the victory.

The win moved the Silverstreaks to 13-0, and was the third 4-3 victory this season. The Lakers now have an overall record of 7-2.

Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said Minnewaska played them as tough as state-ranked Staples-Motley and Melrose had earlier in the season.

“All those teams are very tough in their own way,” Maddock said. “I am very happy that we have been able to win all three of those matches.”

Minnewaska head coach Tara Reichmann said she was proud of the effort to nearly beat Osakis, the second ranked team in the most recent Class A state tennis ranking.

“We had four matches go to three sets and we only won one out of the four,” Reichmann said. “It was a great match, however, and I’m so proud of the effort of our kids.”

Both teams split in singles play on Monday, with Osakis winning at first and fourth singles and Minnewaska at second and third.

Taylor Kraemer won at first singles in what Maddock said was one of the best played matches of the year in three sets over Ellen Stensrud (7-5, 1-6, 6-2). Hannah Szech won for the Silverstreaks at fourth singles over Myranda Thoen (6-3, 3-6, 6-2).

The Lakers’ Jada Hoffman won in three sets over Hannah Baker at second singles(6-2, 2-6, 6-4) and Hannah Freske won for the Lakers in two sets over Alexa Hoffarth (6-2, 7-6(2)) at third singles.

It was two wins at second and third doubles that sealed the victory for the Silverstreaks on Monday. Peyton Garcia and Elyse Wiener won at second doubles in three sets over Minnewaska’s Joelle Thorfinnson and Annika Pederson (6-4, 2-6, 6-4), and at third doubles Morgan Silbernick and Ashley Kraemer won over Karissa LaMont and Sarah Freske (6-3, 6-1).

The Lakers’ Rachel Riley and Makenna Hanson won at first doubles over Katie Anderson and Katelyn Foster (6-3, 6-4).

Although this is the only time that Minnewaska and Osakis are scheduled to play this season, a rematch is possible in the section playoffs. Both teams play in Section 6A.

“A very good win for us today over one of the top teams in the section,” Maddock said. “A very close match with four three-set matches. We were able to win three of those giving us the edge in this match.”



SINGLES — No. 1 — Taylor Kraemer (O) def. Ellen Stensrud, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2; No. 2 — Jada Hoffman (M) def. Hannah Baker, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; No. 3 — Hannah Freske (M) def. Alexa Hoffarth, 6-2, 7-6 (2); No. 4 — Hannah Szech (O) def. Myranda Thoen, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

DOUBLES — No. 1 — Rachel Riley/Makenna Hanson (M) def. Katie Anderson/Katelyn Foster, 6-3, 6-4; No. 2 — Peyton Garcia/Elyse Wiener (O) def. Joelle Thorfinnson/Annika Pederson, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4; No. 3 — Morgan Silbernick/Ashley Kraemer (O) def. Sarah Freske/Karissa LaMont, 6-3, 6-1;

EXTRA — Carley Uhlenkamp/Missy Weir (O) def. Emily Haus/Alicia Daniels, 8-2; Jenna Fearing/Krista Fearing (O) def. Sarah Freske/Karissa LaMont, 8-1

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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