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Girls Tennis: Warriors continue hot start with sweep of Minnewaska and Moorhead

Warriors girls tennis hosts Minnewaska and Moorhead Aug. 29

High school girl playing tennis.
Brainerd Warrior Ella Chaussee keeps her eye on the ball during the No. 1 singles match Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at the Brainerd High School tennis courts.
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BRAINERD — Another day, another couple of wins for Brainerd tennis.

A week into their season, the Warriors are now 9-1 after beating Minnewaska and Moorhead with matching 6-1 scores Monday, Aug. 29, at Brainerd High School

“We knew this week would be a brutal week in the number of matches that we had,” Warriors head coach Lisa Salo said. “And in this week we had two overnights. So really a takeaway is how our team mentally prepared for the intensity that we knew we’d face and we embraced and we looked to grow each match.”

The Warriors opened against Minnewaska where they swept the singles matches. Lacy Busch won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Lila Collins topped her opponent 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

At No. 1 singles, Ella Chaussee won 6-3, 6-3 and Kamryn Kraemer came back after dropping the first set to win 1-6, 6-1, 10-8.

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In doubles, Ericah Folden and Ellie Brown earned a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. The duo of Lauren Kline and Brooklyn Dietz came back to win their match 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 at No. 3 doubles.

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Against the Spuds, the Warriors swept the doubles matches.

The most dramatic win came from Claire Erdal and Folden at No. 1 doubles. Down 5-2 in the first set, Erdal-Folden rallied to win the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6(7) and made quick work in the second set to win 6-1.

“They just had a tremendous match and pulled out a great win for us,” Salo said. “It was just all about momentum and belief. We can see that team solidifying and being a strong first doubles team.”

The two other doubles teams to win for Brainerd against Moorhead were seniors Hannah Hayes and Brown at No. 2 doubles and Kline and Dietz at No. 3 doubles.

In singles, Collins, Busch and Kraemer all got their second win of the day against the Spuds.

“We’ve had the same group of girls playing singles lately including Lydia Olson,” Salo said. “Everyone has been impressive at one time this week. We’ve had highlights from everyone. It really shows our depth. We just have a really solid team from top to bottom.”

The Warriors get two days off before they begin Central Lakes Conference play Thursday against the St. Cloud Crush. Brainerd also will play Section 7-2A opponent Blaine in St. Cloud.

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“We’ll have to make some changes in our next matches because we have a player on our varsity gone,” Salo said. “So we will be doing a little bit of mix up with doubles, but things are starting to level as far as lineup positions.”

Brainerd 6, Minnewaska 1

Singles

No. 1: Ella Chaussee (Brd) def. Megan Thorfinnson 6-3, 6-3

No. 2: Lila Collins (Brd) def. Livi Danielson 6-1, 6-2

No. 3: Lacy Busch (Brd) def. Avarie Uhde 6-1, 6-0

No. 4: Kamryn Kraemer (Brd) def. Jayda Kolstoe 1-6, 6-1, 10-8

Doubles

No. 1: Alia Randt-Sydney Dahl (M) def. Claire Erdal-Hannah Hayes 6-7(4), 6-3, 10-7

No. 2: Ericah Folden-Ellie Brown (Brd) def. Grace Jensen-Zoey Elwood 6-1, 6-1

No. 3: Lauren Kline-Brooklyn Dietz (Brd) def. Olvia Bleick-Katy Vold 4-6, 7-5, 10-7

Brainerd 6, Moorhead 1

Singles

No. 1: Katrynn Hanson (M) def. Ella Chaussee 6-0, 6-0

No. 2: Lila Collins (Brd) def. Kylie Torkelson 6-4, 6-3

No. 3: Lacy Busch (Brd) def. Elizabeth Glutt 6-1, 6-3

No. 4: Kamryn Kraemer (Brd) def. Amber Anderson 6-4, 6-0

Doubles

No. 1: Claire Erdal-Ericah Folden (Brd) def. Sophie Swenson-Madi Anderson 7-6(7), 6-1

No. 2: Hannah Hayes-Ellie Brown (Brd) def. Brooke Hoogland-Kenna Watson 6-2, 6-1

No. 3: Lauren Kline-Brooklyn Dietz (Brd) def. Taylor Reierson-Katelyn Schwartz 6-2, 6-3

Warriors win 2

Key: Warriors dominate Moorhead and Minnewaska to get sweep
Overall: Brd 9-1.
Next: Brainerd at St. Cloud 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

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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