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Girls Tennis: 4 Warriors advance to subsection semis

GRAND FORKS--Britney Fletcher and Kate Kurtzman in singles and Brainerd's doubles team of Taya Person and Heidi Jacobson all advanced to the semifinals following opening day play in the North Subsection 8-2A individual tournament Friday, Oct. 5, ...

Taya Person
Taya Person

GRAND FORKS-Britney Fletcher and Kate Kurtzman in singles and Brainerd's doubles team of Taya Person and Heidi Jacobson all advanced to the semifinals following opening day play in the North Subsection 8-2A individual tournament Friday, Oct. 5, at Choice Health and Fitness.

"We are very proud of our athletes and how they competed today," said Brainerd head coach Lisa Salo. "After competing well in the team match yesterday, they had to turn their focus to the individual portion of tournament play."

Fletcher had a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed and then shut out Alexandria's Annie Harding 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

No. 3 Kurtzman defeated No. 6 Brina Smith of Moorhead by the same 6-0, 6-0 score in the quarterfinals after controlling Moorhead's No. 14 Azlen Lunak 6-1, 6-0 in the opening round.

"Britney and Kate took control of their singles matches from the start and dominated with great footwork and clean shots," said Salo.

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By luck of the draw, Fletcher and Kurtzman will meet each other in the semifinals 9 a.m. Saturday with the championship and third-round matches scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

In doubles competition, Person and Jacobson had a first-round bye and then defeated the No. 10 seeded Breanna Wieman-Hailey Kvick from Thief River Falls 7-5, 6-1. Brainerd's Jaycie Hinrichs and Lily Jones were seeded 10th and made a valiant effort before losing 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Alexandria's seventh-seeded Briana Holm-Laura Willmesmier in the opening round.

"Coach Thompson helped Taya and Heidi stay patient through a tight first set and then they took control in the second," said Salo. "Coach Anderson did a great job having Jaycie and Lily make some strategic changes after the first set and they rebounded well in the second set. They battled hard in the third set and can be proud of their efforts in that match."

Person and Jacobson have a semifinal match 9:30 a.m. Saturday followed by match for the title or third-place at 11:30 a.m.

"All of the hard work these athletes have done since the first day of the season, and actually, for the past number of years, is paying off," said Salo. "The high level of tennis skills that our entire team has developed is so impressive. They continue to raise the bar.

"After the Subsection semis and finals on Saturday, we will turn our focus to preparing for the Section team and individual tournaments next week."

Singles

Opening round: No. 2 Britney Fletcher (Brd) bye; No. 3 Kate Kurtzman (Brd) def. No. 14 Azlen Lunak (Mrhd) 6-1, 6-0

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Quarterfinals: Fletcher def. No. 10 Annie Harding (Alex) 6-0, 6-0; Kurtzman def. No. 6 Brina Smith (Mrhd) 6-0, 6-0

Semifinals: Fletcher vs. Kurtzman 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6; Finals at 11:30 a.m.

Doubles

Opening round: No. 1 Taya Person-Heidi Jacobson (Brd) bye; No. 7 Briana Holm-Laura Willmesmier (Alex) def. No. 10 Jaycie Hinrichs-Lily Jones (Brd) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Quarterfinals: Person-Jacobson def. No. 8 Breanna Wiemen-Hailey Kvick (TRF) 7-5, 6-1

Semifinals: Person-Jacobson in semifinals 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6; Finals at 11:30 a.m.

Next: Brainerd in North Subsection 8-2A Individual tournament at Choice Health and Fitness, Grand Forks 9 a.m. Saturday.

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