Seniors Ashley Kraemer and Jenna Fearing will represent Osakis in the 2015 Minnesota State Girls Tennis Tournament after finishing in the top two in the Section 6A tournament on Tuesday in Sartell.
Kraemer defeated Fearing 6-2, 6-4 to capture the section championship. Kraemer took down MACCRAY senior Amber Wieberdink 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals, while Fearing bested Minnewaska eighth-grader Danielle Thorfinnson 6-1, 7-5 to advance to the championship match.
“Ashley and Jenna are very excited about finishing 1-2 in the section and our tennis program is very proud of them,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “They are both very deserving of this honor. They have been two of the best players in the section throughout the year and it didn’t surprise us at all that they were able to reach this achievement.”
Maddock stated that this finals match was most likely the best match he’s witnessed this season in the area as far as quality of play for both players.
He pointed to Kraemer’s serving ability as a key weapon in the senior’s game.
“Ashley has become a very confident player whose footwork and movement on the tennis court is among the best in the area,” Maddock said. “When she is on her game, she can be deflating to play against as it is hard to get shots by her.
Maddock added that he felt Fearing was playing the best of any player in the section the past few weeks and continued her strong run into the section tournament.
“Jenna has become an intimidating player for opponents in this area to face and she has rightfully become one of the most respected players in the area among her coaches, teammates, opposing coaches and players,” he said. “Qualifying for the state tournament is a fitting end to the season she has had.”
Seniors Krista Fearing and Morgan Silbernick finished fourth in the Section 6A doubles tournament.
The duo advanced to the semifinal round by beating Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd sophomores Courtney Hanson and Molly Hacker 7-5, 6-3, before falling in three sets to MACCRAY seniors Alicia Ervin and Anne Sandry.
Senior Emma Kulzer and sophomore Alayna Eldred also won their opening match of the tournament 7-6(4), 6-3 against Morris Area senior Brittany Cardwell and junior Annie Brandt, but lost in the quarterfinals to Minnewaska senior Makenna Hanson and junior Joelle Thorfinnson in a 6-0 straight-set sweep.
The Class A Singles State Girls Tennis Tournament will begin on Thursday, October 29 at the Reed Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.