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Girls Tennis: Warriors push Tech but fall

SARTELL - The Brainerd Warriors pushed the St. Cloud Tech Tigers in the Section 8-2A team semifinals Friday at Fitness Evolution. Unfortunately a 7-0 final score doesn't reflect that. North Subsection No. 3 seed Brainerd extended South No. 1 seed...

SARTELL - The Brainerd Warriors pushed the St. Cloud Tech Tigers in the Section 8-2A team semifinals Friday at Fitness Evolution.

Unfortunately a 7-0 final score doesn't reflect that. North Subsection No. 3 seed Brainerd extended South No. 1 seed Tech to tiebreakers in two matches and won a set at No. 2 doubles in an approximate 3-hour dual meet.

At No. 3 singles, the Warriors' Payge Fitterer lost 6-0, 7-6 (7-2 tiebreaker).

Brainerd's No. 1 doubles team Brooke Mimmack-Ashley Fitterer lost 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

The Warriors' Hannah Moen-Kennedy Rusk, at No. 2 doubles, won the opening set 6-4 before losing 7-6 (10-8), 6-2.

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"We played a strong, competitive match against Tech," Warriors coach Lisa Salo said. "No one broke down. We battled hard. I'm proud of our athletes and how we competed. We walked out of there with our heads high. We gave a full effort, stayed positive and displayed great sportsmanship. We pushed Tech.

"Our varsity and junior varsity teams had tremendous seasons this year."

Tech, ranked eighth in the final Class 2A coaches association poll, played the Becker/Bemidji winner later Friday for the section title.

The Warriors' Caitlin Steffen and Mimmack-Ashley Fitterer compete in the individual section tournament Saturday.

Semifinals

St. Cloud Tech 7, Brainerd 0

Singles

No. 1: Taylor Tarrolly (SC) def. Caitlin Steffen 6-4, 6-0

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No. 2: Katelyn Tarrolly (SC) def. Claire Gunsbury 6-2, 6-1

No. 3: Jill Kedrowski (SC) def. Payge Fitterer 6-0, 7-6 (7-2)

No. 4: Kate Inderieden (SC) def. Hailey Hinrichs 6-1, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1: Sam Eisenreich-Katie Williams (SC) def. Brooke Mimmack-Ashley Fitterer 7-6 (7-2), 6-4

No. 2: Rebekah Zweiner-Courtney Donnelly (SC) def. Hannah Moen-Kennedy Rusk 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-2

No. 3: Kylie Miller-Sam Boettcher (SC) def. Megan Wroolie-Jenna Swenson 6-1, 6-3

Overall: Brainerd finishes 14-5. Next: Brainerd's Caitlin Steffen in singles, Brooke Mimmack-Ashley Fitterer in doubles, Section 8-2A individual tournament at Fitness Evolution, Sartell, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11; championship 3 p.m., third place 3 p.m., true second place 6 p.m. if necessary.

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