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Roundup: Alexandria grabs first win as Osakis rolls over conference foes

Alexandria's Morgan Aure, Chelby Runge, Meredith Sundby and Marisa Rousu, Jalyn Halverson, Isabella Hagen and Trista Craig all get first career varsity wins.

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The Alexandria girls tennis team got its first win of the season as the Cardinals beat Sauk Rapids-Rice in a 5-2 final on Tuesday after dropping a 4-3 match to Willmar the day before.

Alexandria took three of four spots in singles against the Storm as Marisa Rousu, Kylie Lattimer and Jalyn Halverson won at first, third and fourth singles, respectively. Ayla Rolin and Chelby Runge won in straight sets at second doubles, and Isabella Hagen and Trista Craig won a three-setter at third doubles.

“All in all, the Cardinals added great close-match experience to their resume, and look to improve at practice before they take on Fergus Falls in their first home match Thursday night,” head coach Nicholas Jansen said.

Morgan Aure, Chelby Runge, Meredith Sundby and Marisa Rousu all got their first varsity wins on Monday night against Willmar, while McKenna and Morgan Aure teamed up to win at second doubles as well. The wins for Halverson, Hagen and Craig against Sauk Rapids-Rice were also their first varsity wins as this young team gains experience early in the season.

WILLMAR 4, ALEXANDRIA 3

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SINGLES - No. 1 - Kessa Mara (W) def. Rachel Wagner, 6-2, 6-4; No. 2 - Marisa Rousu (A) def. Allison Bruhn, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5; No. 3 - Caroline Becker (W) def. Jalyn Halverson, 6-3, 6-3; No. 4 - Adali Laidlaw (W) def. Hakyma Von Bargen, 6-2, 6-2

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Alise Staebell/Ashlie Staebell (W) def. Ayla Rolin/Kylie Lattimer, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; No. 2 - McKenna Aure/Morgan Aure (A) def. Kylee Berget/Emmi Larson, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 - Chelby Runge/Meredith Sundby (A) def. Heidi Kath/Katelyn Garberdine, 6-3, 7-5

ALEXANDRIA 5, SAUK RAPIDS-RICE 2

SINGLES - No. 1 - Marisa Rousu (A) def. Brynn Karasch, 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 - Grace Roesch (SR) def. Rachel Wegner, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; No. 3 - Kylie Lattimer (A) def. Alyssa Meyer, 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 - Jalyn Halverson (A) def. Arianna Nemeth, 6-4, 6-0

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Addison Bemboom/Isabelle Haddy (SR) def. McKenna Aure/Morgan Aure, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2; No. 2 - Ayla Rolin/Chelby Runge (A) def. McKinsey Newbanks/Gabby Jaskolka, 6-1, 6-2; No. 3 - Isabella Hagen/Trista Craig (A) def. Addison Buchanan/Kathryn Steigel, 7-6 (6), 0-6, 6-4

Osakis rolls over Johnnies, Jaguars

Osakis had no problem upping its record to 3-2 overall as the Silverstreaks beat St. John’s Prep and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa by 7-0 scores on Tuesday.

“We had great play all around in getting two conference wins at St. John's University,” Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock said. “The girls did a really nice job of dictating play and not giving their opponents much of a chance to stay in the match.”

Osakis did not drop a single game against St. John’s Prep. Mara VanNyhuis, Leah Maddock, Larissa Hoffarth and Lexi Spychalla won 6-0, 6-0 in singles. Kennedy George and Ellie George, Makenzie Lien and Tessa Stanek, and Hatti Schmidtbauer and Madi Collins did the same in the top three doubles spots, while Bria Hoffarth and Madeline Anderson added an exhibition win.

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It was nearly similar against BBE as Osakis dropped just five total games in straight-set wins. VanNyhuis, Maddock, Kennedy George and Spychalla won in singles. Ellie George and Larissa Hoffarth won at first doubles, while Lien and Stanek followed suit at second doubles, and Schmidtbauer and Collins won at third doubles.

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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