The Alexandria girls tennis team put away a close match with Willmar on Tuesday night by a 4-3 final in a battle of the Central Lakes Conference rivals.
“There were good matches up and down the lineup, with Alex winning at first and second singles, and first and second doubles,” head coach Dave Ronning said. “Brianna (Holm) and Tabea (Roggenbuck) both won in straight sets at 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Kaylee (Svee) and Whitly (Netland), and Anna (Doherty) and MaKenna (Aure) also won in straight sets at 1 and 2 doubles, respectively.”
Doherty and Aure were off the court in no time as they dropped just four games in the straight-set victory.
“They made quick work of their opponents by dominating the net and putting them on their heels the entire match,” Ronning said. “Kaylee and Whitly fought through a tough first set, winning in a breaker, but dominated the second set 6-1.”
Holm overcame a slow start to win seven of eight games at the end to put things away. Roggenbuck was in fine form from the get-go on her way to a straight-set win.
“We had the four points and two of the three matches left went into third sets,” Ronning said. “Jaya (Hatlestad) saw her unbeaten string come to an end at fourth singles, but she battled hard with all three sets going to breakers. Jaya won the first set breaker but dropped the second and third. A great match, but just didn't quite go the way she wanted.
“Sarah (Jiang) lost a tough, hard-fought match at third singles in two close sets, and the second one in a breaker. Another great match but Sarah just came up short.”
Maci Tilleskjor and Grace Reed made things close at third doubles after dropping the first set 6-1. They fell behind 4-1 again in the second but rallied to put some pressure on their opponents by winning six of the next seven games to force a third set. Willmar again led 4-1 in the third and had to hold on, this time doing so with a 6-4 win.
“It was a great match for the girls, even the three spots that lost,” Ronning said. “I believe they all took good things away from their matches and can build on those things to make them better down the road. Both Kaylee and Whitly, and Anna and MaKenna remain unbeaten on the season.”
Osakis has no struggles again
Osakis head coach Ryan Maddock had picked Montevideo earlier this season as a program that could be a good challenge for the Silverstreaks.
Instead, Osakis won another 7-0 match to easily improve to 7-0 on the season.
“The girls played a great match today in beating one of our top section opponents,” Maddock said. “We had great focus and efforts across the board in winning all of our matches.”
Just one of the seven matches needed three sets as seniors Sydney Rach and Kadyn Triebenbach took care of Emily Brace and Tyra Sandven 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Ellie George and Brittany Dietrich breezed through their second doubles match, and Lexi Spychalla and Helena Zajac did the same at third doubles.
Tia Dykema, Mara VanNyhuis and Larissa Hoffarth all won in straight sets at first, second and fourth singles, while Kennedy George won 6-1 in the first set at third singles before Lauren Kluver had to retire in the second set.
Osakis now looks ahead to a Friday match with section foe Minnewaska at 4 p.m. on the Silverstreaks’ home courts.
OSAKIS 7, MONTEVIDEO 0
SINGLES - No. 1 - Tia Dykema (O) def. Kori Douglas, 6-2, 6-3; No. 2 - Mara VanNyhuis (O) def. Cami Myers, 6-4, 6-3; No. 3 - Kennedy George (O) def. Lauren Kluver, 6-1, retired; No. 4 - Larissa Hoffarth (O) def. Lauren Dehne, 6-1, 6-0; Exhibition: Leah Maddock (O) def. Kassey Pauling, 6-2, 6-2
DOUBLES - No. 1 - Sydney Rach/Kadyn Triebenbach (O) def. Emily Brace/Tyra Sandven, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; No. 2 - Ellie George/Brittany Dietrich (O) def. Abby Gremmels/Mathea Jorgenson, 6-2, 6-2; No. 3 - Lexi Spychalla/Helena Zajac (O) def. Nina Fitzkappers/Annie Marquardt, 6-1, 6-2; Exhibition - Tessa Stanek/MaKenzie Lien (O) def. Brooke Hilden/Natalie Land, 6-1, 6-1; Jayden Hensley/Hattie Schmidtbauer (O) won 6-0, 6-0
Lakers’ win sets up clash with Osakis
Minnewaska and Osakis will enter their match on Friday with just one loss between them after the Lakers improved to 5-1 with a 7-0 win at MACCRAY on Tuesday.
It was another easy night for Minnewaska as all seven matches were won in straight sets. The toughest challenge came at third doubles where Grace Jensen and Olivia Bleick battled in a marathon first set before winning 7-6 (21-19), 6-4.
Maddie Thorfinnson and Olivia Richards dropped just one game at first doubles, and Zoey Elwood and Ally Mogard dropped just three in a second-doubles win.
Alissa Thorfinnson was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at first singles. Addy Randt, Annika Randt and Leah Hagen followed suit in the next three spots by combining to drop just seven games.
MINNEWASKA 7, MACCRAY 0
SINGLES - No. 1 - Alissa Thorfinnson (Waska) def. Hayley Rhode, 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 - Addy Randt (Waska) def. Tayte Nokelby, 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 - Annika Randt (Waska) def. Emma Rand, 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 - Leah Hagen (Waska) def. Raelee Bristle, 6-4, 6-1
DOUBLES - No. 1 - Maddie Thorfinnson/Olivia Richards (Waska) def. Morgen Essendrop/Ashlyn Schmidt, 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 - Zoey Elwood/Ally Mogard (Waska) def. Alex Dirksen/Hannah Delong, 6-0, 6-3; No. 3 - Grace Jensen/Olivia Bleick (Waska) def. Lillian Famsnoah/Miranda Peterson, 7-6 (21-19), 6-4; Exhibition - Megan Thorfinnson/Sydney Dahl (Waska) won 6-0; Alia Randt/Brianna Erickson (Waska) won 6-0