Only one match went three sets as the Brainerd Warriors made easy work of the Sartell Sabres, winning 7-0 Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Catherin Moraghan and Peyton McConkey finished out their match quickly at No. 3 doubles winning 6-0, 6-0.
Warriors coach Lisa Salo thought her team performed pretty well, all things considered. The goal she wanted for her girls to work on was playing clean. At No. 3 doubles she got a good example of what type of clean play she was looking for.
“One of the keys to playing a clean game is clean feet,” Salo said. “When I went up to talk to Catherin Moraghan after the No. 3 doubles match and I asked her what the key to hitting cleanly and she said ‘clean feet.’ I got excited because that was exactly what we were looking for.”
Kate Kurtzman put together a nice performance at No. 1 singles for the Warriors winning her match 6-1, 6-2.
Kurtzman could tell in the warm up tosses that her opponent Kiley Rodarmel would throw a different look than what she is used to.
“I felt pretty good,” Kurtzman said. “It was definitely something I had to change my game for. She hits a lot of hard slices so I had to adapt to that and change it back to my game, too.”
At No. 2 singles Kate Chaussee struggled to get going in the first set as she dropped the only Warrior set all day 4-6.
She battled back only dropping one game in the last two sets and winning 6-0, 6-1 in sets two and three to complete the Brainerd sweep.
“In the first and second sets I was more relaxed and followed through with my shots and was more confident,” Chaussee said. “The first set was not the greatest because I was trying not to miss, then trying to hit a good stroke and place the ball where I wanted it to go.
“I have definitely had three set matches before so I know I can handle it. If I start off more relaxed and confident it won’t have to get to that third match.”
Brainerd’s win keeps them undefeated in the Central Lakes Conference and Salo feels her team is just hitting their stride.
“We have a few ideas of what we need to work on for tomorrow before we head to Willmar,” Salo said. “We don’t focus on the record. But one of our goals is to do as well as we can in our conference and if that means a conference championship that would be awesome.”
Kurtzman thinks this match against Sartell was very beneficial not just for her but for the team as well.
“I think watching my team around me really helped me,” Kurtzman said. “Everyone on my team played really well today, so this was definitely one of our good days.
Savannah Smith won at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-1 and Ella Chaussee won at No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-0. The No. 1 and No. 2 doubles continued their stellar play as Lily Jones and Ally Goeden won 6-4, 6-1 and Addie Sanford and Chloe Pecarich won 6-0, 6-1.
“Girls are just really focused,” Salo said. “They work hard at practice and they are collectively working hard which as a coach is awesome.”
Brainerd 7, Sartell 0
No. 1: Kate Kurtzman (Brd) def. Kiley Rodarmel (S) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2: Kate Chaussee (Brd) def. Sadie Baumann (S) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
No. 3: Savannah Smith (Brd) def. Hailey Hennen (S) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4: Ella Chaussee (Brd) def. Victoria Clemens (S) 6-2, 6-0
No. 1: Lily Jones-Ally Goeden (Brd) def. Emily Dumres-Libby Crandall (S) 6-4, 6-1
No. 2: Addie Sanford-Chloe Pecarich (Brd) def. Riley Trobee-Sarah Weno (S) 6-0, 6-1
No. 3: Catherin Moraghan-Peyton McConkey (Brd) def. Emily Crandall-Addie Burns (S) 6-0, 6-0
WARRIORS 7, SARTELL 0
Key: Clean play by Warriors helped them blank Sartell
Conference: Brd 6-2.
Overall: Brd 3-0.
Next: Brainerd at Willmar 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.