Area Girls Tennis: Patriots land first trip to state


SARTELL -- Alexa Fyle and Ellie Saexrud grinded out a three-set victory at No. 1 doubles to secure Pequot Lakes’ placement in the Class 1A State Tournament after a 4-3 victory over Virginia in the Section 7-1A Finals Monday, Oct. 14.

Fyle-Saxerud won the first set 7-6 with A 7-5 tiebreaker. After dropping the second set, the two rebounded for a 6-4 victory in the third set.

Pequot also scored wins from megan Muller and Carly Chaney in singles play and Morgan Lueck-Quinn Trottier in doubles.

The South’s No. 1 seeded Patriots opened the section tournament with a 6-1 victory over Eveleth-Gilbert Courtney Boller dominated her No. 2 singles match for a 6-0, 6-0 win. Chaney posted the same score in her win at No. 4 singles.


Pequot Lakes 4, Virginia 3
No. 1: Megan Muller def. Anna Sietz 7-5, 6-0
No. 2: Ava Warren def. Courtney Boller 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
No. 3: Mary Skorich def. Madeline Pluimer 6-0, 6-0
No. 4: Carly Chaney def. Megan Kingston 6-1, 6-1

No. 1: Alexa Fyle-Elli Saxerud def. Anneka Lundgren-Jacie Smith 7-6(7-5) 1-6, 6-4
No. 2: Jaya Westerbur-Izzy Baggenstoss def. Madeline Sherman-Afton Crocker 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 3: Morgan Lueck-Quinn Trottier def. Abby Moore-Syndey Cope Robinson 6-1, 6-3

Pequot Lakes 6, Eveleth-Gilbert 1
No. 1: Megan Muller Def. Lydia Delich 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
No. 2: Courtney Boller def. Mylee Young 6-0, 6-0
No. 3: Madelyn Pluimer def. Kada Ceglar 6-2, 6-1
No. 4: Carly Chaney def. Hannah Beldo 6-0, 6-0

No. 1: Alexa Fyle-Elli Saxerud def. Katelyn Torrel-McKenna Edstrom 6-1, 6-1
No. 2: Anna Beaudette-Julia Lindseth def. Madeline Sherman-Afton Crocker 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-3
No. 3: Morgan Lueck-Quinn Trottier def. Gianna Odella-Emma Ziegler 6-1, 6-0
Overall: PL 24-1. Next: Pequot Lakes in Class 1A State Team Tournament at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.


Cards send 4 to state

SARTELL -- Haley Cichos and Jenna Dvorak will enter the Class 1A State Individual Tournament as Section 5-1A champions after they claimed the title Monday, Oct. 14.

The Staples-Motley pair defeated their teammates Tasha Achermann-Rose Han 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals and the topped Pierz’s Abby Andrea-Katelyn Smude 6-3, 6-3 in the section final to advance to the state tournament.

And they won’t be going alone. After falling in the semifinals, Achermann-Han downed Paige and Jessica Danzl of Melrose in the third-place match to set up a true-second match against Andrea-Smude. The Cardinals duo won 6-1, 6-4 to advance as the No. 2 seed out of the Section 5-1A tournament.

Eighth grader Lauren Rutten opened with a victory over Pierz’s Val Gall in the semifinals, but suffered a loss in the section championship to New London-Spicer’s Ava Hanson.

That forced Rutten, S-M’s No. 1 singles player all season, into a true-second match against NL-S’s Izzy Schmiesing, who topped Rutten 7-5, 7-5.


Semifinals: Lauren Rutten (Staples-Motley) def. Val Gall (Pierz) 7-5, 6-2
Third-place: Izzy Schmiesing (New London-Spicer) def. Gall 6-2, 6-1
Championship: Ava Hanson (New London-Spicer) def. Rutten 6--2. 6-3
True second: Schmiesing def. Rutten 7-5, 7-5

Semifinals: Haley Cichos-Jenna Dvorak (Staples-Motley) def. Tasha Achermann-Rose Han (Staples-Motley) 6-3, 6-0; Abby Andrea-Katelyn Smude (Prz) def. Paige Danzl-Jessica Danzl 6-4, 6-3
Third-place: Achermann-Hann vs. Paige Danzl-Jessica Danzl (Melrose) 6-4, 6-3
Championship: Cichos-Dvorak vs. Andrea-Smude 6-3, 6-3
True second: Achermann-Han def. Andrea-Smude 6-1, 6-4
Next: Class 1A Individual Tournament at at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
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