The Alexandria girls tennis team got perhaps its biggest win of the season on Friday against perennial Central Lakes Conference and Section 8AA contender St. Cloud Tech.

The Tigers (3-6, 3-2 CLC) had beaten the Cardinals 11 straight years, but Alexandria got them on Friday in a 4-3 match.

“This was a very important match in the respect that we only play them once this season, so two points in the conference were on the line,” Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said.

The Cardinals improved to 7-4 overall and 5-0 in the CLC with the win. Alexandria trailed 3-1 in the match before a late rally. It came down to the second doubles match between the Cardinals’ Whitly Netland and Maci Tilleskjor and Tech’s Leah Donnelly and Ehrin Quinn. Netland and Tilleskjor took that match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to get the team win.

Maci Tilleskjor
Maci Tilleskjor

“A great win for these girls and a great confidence booster,” Ronning said.

Sarah Jiang and Jaya Hatlestad got wins for the Cardinals at third and fourth singles, respectively. Autumn Botz and Anna Doherty also added a win at third doubles.

Botz and Doherty started their match with a 5-2 lead before Doherty rolled her ankle. She got the ankle taped and continued playing as the duo won seven of the next eight games to secure the point.

ALEXANDRIA 4, ST. CLOUD TECH 3

SINGLES - No. 1 - Kate Inderieden (Tech) def. Brianna Holm, 7-5, 6-1; No. 2 - Natalie Peterson (Tech) def. Kaylee Svee, 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 - Sarah Jiang (A) def. Anna Miller, 7-5, 6-2; No. 4 - Jaya Hatlestad (A) def. Ella Marohl, 6-3, 6-1

DOUBLES - No. 1 - Ashley Tarrolly/Kylie Starren (Tech) def. Joria Downing/Taylor Sayre, 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 - Whitly Netland/Maci Tilleskjor (A) def. Leah Donnelly/Ehrin Quinn, 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 - Autumn Botz/Anna Doherty (A) def. Maddie Dahnke/Chloe Woodman, 6-3, 6-0