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TENNIS: Aces finish fourth in sectional



The Brainerd Aces finished fourth out of eight teams competing in the 12-U division in the sectional championships July 26 at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

In pool play, the Aces finished second, losing to the Eden Prairie Mini Eagles 24-21 and losing 26-21 to Sioux Empire Fitness and beating Fred Wells 30-13.

In their final match, the Aces lost to the White Bear Lake Snapping Turtles 24-17.



The Greater Minnesota String Symphony finished third out of 16 teams in the 14-under Intermediate United States Tennis Association Northern Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships July 24-25 at the University of Minnesota Baseline Tennis Center.

String Symphony won both matches during opening-day pool play, beating White Bear Lake 26-16 and Hastings 28-15 to qualify for the second day gold bracket.

In the gold bracket, the String Symphony received a first-round bye, beat Apple Valley 40-16 and lost 32-31 to eventual champion Eau Claire AAAs in the semifinals.

String Symphony captured third place with a 36-19 victory over Reed Sweat Family Tennis Center.

“Our goal was to make it to the national championships,” GMSS coach Brent Gunsbury said. “Although we came up one point short against Eau Claire, who clobbered Wayzata in the final, our kids still played exceptional tennis throughout the tournament.

“Now they know how talented they are and where they stack up against other tennis players in this part of the country. Most of our players are playing varsity level tennis even though they’re only 12 to 14 years old. I hope this inspires them to play more tennis in the future.

“The USTA Junior Team Tennis format is a wonderful forum for tennis players who want to have fun, do it as a team, and realize their potential.”

Eau Claire will represent USTA Northern at the JTT National Championships in Cayce, S.C., in October.

Opening Day

Pool Play

GMSS 26, White Bear Lake 16

Rudy Lipovetz def. Paul Nussbaum 6-1

Claire Gunsbury lost to Madeleine Winges 6-2

Connor Gunsbury/Joe Lipovetz def. Austin Trapnell/Brandon Hoglund 6-1

Brooke Mimmack/Ashley Fitterer def. Caroline Heller/Jenny Portis 6-4

Payge Fitterer/Joe Lipovetz def. Cami Beath/Christopher Lindrud 6-4

Opening Day

Pool Play

GMSS 28, Hastings 15

Joe Lipovetz def. Killian Konrady 6-3

Brooke Mimmack lost to Samantha Dabruzzi 6-5

Connor Gunsbury/Rudy Lipovetz def. Brandon Kurilla/Ken Kies 6-0

Ashley Fitterer/Claire Gunsbury def. Lauren Mattmiller/Telma Roesler 6-0

Payge Fitterer/Joe Lipovetz lost to Samantha Dabruzzi/Killian Konrady 6-5


GMSS 40, Apple Valley 16

Joe Lipovetz def. Noah McInnis 8-1

Claire Gunsbury def. Natalie Wijesinghe 8-4

Connor Gunsbury/Rudy Lipovetz def. Paul Nesseth/Mason Morse 8-5

Brooke Mimmack/Ashley Fitterer def. Abby Smith/Sophie Ober 8-2

Payge Fitterer/Joe Lipovetz def. Natalie Wijesinghe/Justin Holtgrave 8-4


Eau Claire AAA 32, GMSS 31

Rudy Lipovetz lost to Luke Nijhawan 8-5

Brooke Mimmack lost to Devon Bourget 8-4

Connor Gunsbury/Joe Lipovetz def. Sohil Brahmbhatt/Sean Bochman 8-5

Claire Gunsbury/Ashley Fitterer def. Isabel McDaniel/Cassandra Barr 8-3

Payge Fitterer/Joe Lipovetz lost to Devon Bourget/Luke Nijhawan 8-6

Third Place

GMSS 36,

Reed Sweat Family Tennis Center 19

Joe Lipovetz def. Miles Olowu 8-5

Ashley Fitterer lost to Ellen Puzak 8-4

Connor Gunsbury/Rudy Lipovetz def. William Puzak/Allen Wang 8-4

Claire Gunsbury/Brooke Mimmack def. Lily Weigel/Paige Olowu 8-2

Payge Fitterer/Rudy Lipovetz default Ellen Puzak/Miles Olowu 8-0

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