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Tennis: Cardinals hand Moorhead its first loss

Alexandria sophomore Brianna Holm hits a return in a match against Fergus Falls earlier this season. Holm played what head coach Dave Ronning called probably her best match of the season in beating Moorhead senior Sydney Mjoen in straight sets on Monday night. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls tennis team made a trip to Moorhead worth its while as the Cardinals came home on Monday night with two wins after beating the Spuds 5-2 and Little Falls 7-0.

“Moorhead came into the match with an unbeaten record of 9-0, so we knew the girls had their work cut out for them and that it would be a very tight match at most every spot,” Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. “The girls answered the bell.”

Brianna Holm, Laura Wilmesmeier and Sarah Jiang all won for Alexandria in the singles lineup against Moorhead in straight sets.

“Brianna played one of her better matches at first singles, surrendering just four games to a tough opponent,” Ronning said. “Laura and Sarah at second and fourth singles, respectively, figured things out as their matches went along and both got straight-set wins.”

Madison Ressemann and Abby Sater led 5-2 at first doubles before Cassie Jensen and Brianna Jenson battled back to tie it at 5-5. The Cardinals duo won a tiebreaker in the first set and cruised from there, winning 7-6 (4), 6-0. Kaylee Svee and Joria Downing won in straight sets at second doubles, as well.

Things came easy against Little Falls as Alexandria won each match in straight sets. Holm, Wilmesmeier, Annie Harding and Jiang took care of business in singles, while Taylor Sayre and Whitly Netland joined Ressemann and Sater and Svee and Downing in getting a win in the doubles lineup.

“It was a good day for our girls,” Ronning said. “It was warm and wind free, which in itself is a rarity up in Moorhead, but the girls blocked out the conditions and played well.”

The wins moved the Cardinals to 7-2 overall as they get ready to travel to St. Cloud to face a good Tech team on Tuesday. Alexandria will then host Brainerd at 4:30 p.m. in another big Central Lakes Conference match on Thursday.  


SINGLES - No. 1 — Brianna Holm (A) def . Sydney Mjoen, 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 — Laura Wilmesmeier (A) def . Katrina Hansen, 6-4, 6-0; No. 3 — Nicole Hoogland (M) def. Annie Harding, 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 — Sarah Jiang (A) def . Emma Craig, 6-4, 6-2

DOUBLES - No. 1 — Madison Ressemann/Abby Sater (A) def. Cassie Jensen/Brianna Jenson, 7-6 (4), 6-0; No. 2 — Kaylee Svee/Joria Downing (A) def. Kylie Dumas/Azlyn Lunak, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 — Rachel Craig/Ava Kistner (M) def. Whitley Netland/Taylor Sayre, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5


SINGLES - No. 1 — Holm (A) def. Sadie Sue Houdek, 7-6 (5), 6-3; No. 2 — Wilmesmeier (A) def. Brianna Marshik, 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 — Harding (A) def. Tori Gottwaldt, 6-3, 6-0; No. 4 — Jiang (A) def. Beth Ahlin, 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES - No. 1 — Ressemann/Sater def. Alexa Stoner/Makayla Geise, 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 — Svee-Downing (A) def. Caitlyn Cox/Asley Hagen, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 — Sayre-Netland (A), def. Julia Vetch/Madeline Neuring, 6-1, 6-0

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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