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Girls tennis roundup: Cards, Streaks and Lakers roll

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Osakis sophomore Mara VanNyhuis follows through on a return against Morris-West Central Area last fall. VanNyhuis took third the No. 1 doubles tournament with her partner Camryn Hoffarth in Staples-Motley on Wednesday. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

The Alexandria girls tennis team lost a total of seven games en route to its 7-0 win over Sartell-St. Stephen on Thursday night. Head coach Dave Ronning called it his team’s best performance of the year.

“The girls came out and played beautiful tennis up and down the lineup,” Ronning said. “Our groundstrokes were clean, our doubles teams were aggressive and we played very smart tennis – keeping the ball in play when needed and going for shots when the opportunity presented itself.”

All seven wins came in two sets. Brianna Holm and Tabea Roggenbuck had clean sweeps in the Nos. 1 and 2 singles matches. Kaylee Svee and Whitly Netland dominated the No. 1 doubles match in a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Addison Burns and Violet Steil.

“Although Sartell is young, they will be a contender a couple of years down the road,” Ronning said. "They were solid in every aspect of their games. I am proud of the way out girls came back and played after a rough outing at (St. Cloud Tech) earlier in the week.”

The Cardinals improved to 5-1 on the season with matches against Willmar and Bemidji up next.

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ALEXANDRIA 7, SARTELL-ST. STEPEHEN 0

SINGLES- No. 1 Brianna Holm (A) def. Sarah Weno 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Tabea Roggenbuck (A) def. Addy Bultema 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 Sara Jiang (A) def. Olivia Marek 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 Jaya Hatlestad (A) def. Charlotte Lau 6-1, 6-0; DOUBLES- No. 1 Kaylee Svee-Whitly Netland (A) def. Addison Burns-Violet Steil 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 Anna Doherty-McKenna Aure (A) def. Emily Crandall-N/A; No. 3 Maci Tilleskjor-Grace Reed (A) def. Hailey Hennen-Tia Leen 6-1, 6-0

Osakis stays undefeated

The Osakis girls tennis team is off to a perfect start this season with its fifth straight win. The Silverstreaks beat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 7-0 in dominating fashion on Thursday night.

Tia Dykema, Mara VanNyhuis, Kennedy George and Larissa Hoffarth all won their singles matches in two sets. In the doubles events, Sydney Rach and Kadyn Triebenback beat Maddie Becker and Kaitlyn Cebulla 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 1 match-up. Ellie George and Brittany Dietrich won the No. 2 match, while Lexi Spychalla and Leah Maddock completed the sweep.

“We had a good effort today in winning all of our matches versus an improving conference opponent,” head coach Ryan Maddock said.

OSAKIS 7, LPGE 0

SINGLES- No. 1 Tia Dykema (O) def. Zoe Johnson 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Mara VanNyhuis (O) def. Abbi Larson 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 Kennedy George (O) def. Emily Press 6-2, 6-1; No. 4 Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Alyssa Thelen 6-0, 6-0; Exhibition- Bria Hoffarth (O) def. Alaina Mortens 6-1, 6-1; DOUBLES- No. 1 Sydney Rach-Kadyn Triebenbacj (O) def. Maddie Becker-Kaitlyn Cebulla 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 Ellie George-Brittany Dietrich (O) def. Itzel Salazar-Emily Weber 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 Lexi Spychalla-Leah Maddock (O) def. Savannah Lowe-Averie Cavello 6-0, 6-0; Exhibition- Jaden Hensley-Hatti Schmidtbauer (O) def. Greta Middendorf-Ruby Muellner 6-0, 6-1; Mackenzie Lien-Tessa Stanek (O) def. Allie Leuke-Megan Weber 6-0, 6-0

Lakers win again ahead of clash with Osakis

Friday is set up to be one of the more anticipated area girls tennis matches this fall. Osakis and Minnewaska will play Sept. 18 in a Section 6A battle. But first, the Lakers had business to take care of against Melrose.

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The Lakers won on Thursday night 6-1 behind a sweep in the singles matches. Alissa Thorfinnson, Addy Randt, Olivia Richards and Leah Hagen came away with two-set wins. The doubles teams of Maddie Thorfinnson and Annika Randt, along with Grace Jensen and Olivia Bleick, sealed two-set victories.

MINNEWASKA 6, MELROSE 1

SINGLES- No. 1 Alissa Thorfinnson (M) def. Reagan Mueller 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 Addy Randt (M) def. Alexis Baumann 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 Olivia Richards (M) def. Adeline Stalboerger 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 Leah Hagen (M) def. Janessa Hoeschen 6-1, 6-0; DOUBLES- No. 1 Maddie Thorfinnson-Annika Randt (M) def. Erika Hope-Emily Rieland 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 Maddie Bausinger-Jasmine Golla (Mel) def. Ally Mogard-Zoe Elwood 7-6 (7-5) 6-4, 10-8; No. 3 Grace Jensen-Olivia Bleick (M) def. Jamie Klasen-Jessica Pohlman 6-3, 6-2

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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