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Girls Tennis: Pequot Lakes notches Section 7-2A win over Warriors

Brainerd hosts Pequot Lakes Sept. 13

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Brainerd Warrior No. 2 doubles players Hannah Hayes hits the ball while her doubles partner Ellie Brown plays deep in the court Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, against Pequot Lakes on the Brainerd High School.courts.
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BRAINERD — Both coaches knew it would be close Tuesday, Sept. 13.

After Pequot Lakes’ No. 2 doubles team of Eva Mumm and Kessa Eggert won their match 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, the Patriots clinched a 4-3 victory over the Brainerd Warriors in a Section 7-2A match.

Pequot Lakes head coach Monica Sergent said the win was extra exciting for her team because they lost to the Warriors in the Moose Tournament by one point over the weekend.

“When we played them at different positions (over the weekend) we came away with a feeling that if we brought our A game this would be a very close match,” Sergent said. “It doesn’t get any more competitive than 4-3.”

All three doubles matches went into a third set. Pequot Lakes had a 3-1 advantage after the singles matches with the only loss coming at No. 2 singles.

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Lauren Kline and Brooklyn Dietz won for the Warriors at No. 3 doubles 0-6, 6-2, 6-1 to narrow the margin.

Then it was the Patriots’ No. 2 doubles team winning its third set, which clinched the win.

“Those girls always play with a lot of enthusiasm,” Sergent said of her No. 2 doubles team. “They have been working on their consistency and their ground strokes and their game strategy. I think that helped them carry through in that third set.”

At No. 1 doubles, Brianerd’s Claire Erdal and Ericah Folden won their third set 7-5 to take the match 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

“This was a competitive match and we knew it would be,” Warriors head coach Lisa Salo said. “It was very, very close. We always talk about before a match that we never know where points are going to come from in a match and that everyone’s effort is valuable. But after a match, you never say it was one position that lost it. There were four matches we lost and that’s competition. We want teams to come and give us their best tennis.”

In singles, Pequot Lakes’ Ellie Ouradnik improved her record to 21-1 at No. 4 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kamryn Kraemer.

“Last year, (Ouradnik) played No. 3 doubles for us and was very successful,” Sergent said. “With graduation, we needed to transition a few players into singles. She really stepped up to the plate with her ability to adjust with points. She strategizes and sticks with the plan. She can read her opponent and her shot placement. One of her strengths, too, is that she goes for every ball.”

At No. 3 singles, Payton Mudgett avenged her loss in the Moose Tournament finals with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Lacy Busch.

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Quinn Trottier took care of Ella Chaussee at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-2.

Lila Collins was the lone Warrior to win in singles with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Allyson Yahn.

Sergent praised all her singles players, who all season have given the Patriots depth.

“As a coach, you really like to have consistency in your lineup,” Sergent said. “And those four girls push each other really hard in practice and go back and forth and it makes each one of them stronger.”

With all three doubles matches going to a third set, it gave Salo an opportunity to use her favorite phrase “pressure is a privilege.”

“It’s just so fun to see them problem solve and handle the pressure,” Salo said. “We talked about how you have to be able to not give up and we don’t.”

Both teams finished the day by playing Sartell, which for Brainerd would be a Central Lakes Conference match. Those results can be found in the Dispatch Wednesday E-edition.

Pequot Lakes 4, Brainerd 3

Singles

No. 1: Quinn Trottier (PL) def. Ella Chaussee 6-1, 6-2

No. 2: Lila Collins (Brd) def. Allyson Yahn 6-2, 6-1

No. 3: Payton Mudgett (PL) def. Lacy Busch 6-2, 6-4

No. 4: Ellie Ouradnik (PL) def. Kamryn Kraemer 6-3, 6-4

Doubles

No. 1: Claire Erdal-Ericah Folden (Brd) def. Kelbee Lampi-Aubrey Wiczek 6-2, 1-6, 7-5

No. 2: Eva Mumm-Kessa Eggert (PL) def. Ellie Brown-Hannah Hayes 2-6, 6-0, 6-4

No. 3: Lauren Kline-Brooklyn Dietz (Brd) def. Carlie Eggert-Nikki Crocker 0-6, 6-2, 6-1

Pequot Lakes 4, Warriors 3

Key: No. 2 doubles was the clincher for Pequot Lakes, which won three singles matches
Overall: Brd 13-2, PL 12-6.
Next: Brainerd hosts Willmar 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15; Pequot Lakes hosts Crosby-Ironton 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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