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Tennis: Cardinals fall to Brainerd despite strong start; Minnewaska falls to New London-Spicer

The Alexandria girls tennis team lost some hard fought matches against Brainerd on Tuesday, while Minnewaska fell to New London-Spicer. Brainerd won five three-set matches in its win over Alexandria.

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Alexandria's Katelyn Thiery watches her shot land over the net during her and Madalyn Husfeldt's match at No. 3 doubles on Sept. 6, 2022, against Sartell-St. Stephen. Thiery and the Cardinals faced Brainerd on Sept. 21, 2022, and lost 6-1. Alexandria lost five three-set matches on the day.
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BRAINERD - With three singles and three doubles wins over the Alexandria Cardinals, the Brainerd girls tennis team earned a 6-1 victory on Tuesday.

“We had the top team in the conference on the ropes, but could not finish it,” Alexandria head coach Nick Jansen said.

Alexandria won the first set in six out of their seven matches, but Brainerd won the second set in five matches and the third set all five times.

The Cardinals' lone point came with a win at No.1 singles by Marisa Rousu (6-4, 6-1).

Five of Brainerd’s six wins were three-set matches.

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Alexandria has a quick turnaround as it will face the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Brainerd 6, Alexandria 1 

SINGLES - No. 1 - Marisa Rousu, (A) def. Ella Chaussee, (B), 6-4, 6-1; No. 2 - Lila Collins, (B) def. Rachel Wegner, (A), 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 - Lacy Busch, (B) def. Kylie Lattimer, (A), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; No. 4 - Kamryn Kraemer, (B) def. Teresa Bitzan, (A), 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Claire Erdal/Ericah Folden, (B) def. Ayla Rolin/Chelby Runge, (A), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3; No. 2 - Ellie Brown/Lydia Omberg, (B) def. Jalyn Halverson/ Katelyn Thiery, (A), 0-6, 6-1, 7-5; No. 3 - Brooklyn Dietz/Hannah Hayes, (B) def. Faith Odland/Morgan Aure, (A), 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

New London-Spicer tops Minnewaska

Following a pair of wins on Monday, the Minnewaska Lakers fell 5-2 to New London-Spicer on Tuesday.

New London-Spicer earned sweeps at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 singles, along with a sweep at No. 1 doubles.

Madisyn Claseman and Brianna Wileman earned a three-set victory for New London-Spicer at No. 3 doubles.

The Lakers’ two points came from third-set victories as Alia Randt defeated Amyra Gomez in a close match (7-6 (4), 5-7, 10-4) at No. 2 singles and the team of Grace Jensen/Zoey Elwood won a close match at No. 2 doubles and had to come from behind to earn the win (6-7 (4), 7-5, 10-0).

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Minnewaska hosts Melrose Area at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

New London-Spicer 5, Minnewaska/BBE 2

SINGLES - No. 1 - Mya Mayhew, (NLS). def. Megan Thorfinnson, (M), 6-4, 6-1: No. 2 - Alia Randt, (M) def. Amyra Gamez, (NLS)., 7-6 (4), 5-7, 10-4; No. 3 - Ella Wieland, (NLS). def. Olivia Danielson, (M), 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 - Emily Ruter, (NLS). def. Jayda kolstoe, (M), 6-3, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Brooke Adelman/Delaney Hanson, (NLS) def. Olivia Bleick/Sydney Dahl, (M), 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 - Grace Jensen/Zoey Elwood, (M) def. Avery Dierenfeld/Madisyn Claseman, (NLS), 6-7 (4), 7-5, 10-0; No. 3 - Madisyn Claseman/Brianna Wileman, (NLS) def. Avarie Uhde/Katy Vold, (M), 6-7 (2), 6-3 ,10-4

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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