Megan Muller was sleeping on the ride home from the Class 1A State Singles Tournament Friday, Oct. 25, but had a smile on her face and a fourth-place medal hanging around her neck.
The Pequot Lakes sophomore ran into top-seeded Arlina Shen of Blake in the Championship Semifinals and fell 6-0, 6-1 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. It was the first game Shen, who was a three-time state runner-up entering this year’s tournament, gave up during the individual tournament as the eventual state champion dominated in all four of her matches.
“In that semifinal match, she probably played the best match of her career,” Pequot head coach Monica Sergent said. “She put on a show. The set scores might not reflect that, but most people don’t even get a game off of her. Megan was impressive and she was pleased with her level of play.”
The loss dropped Muller into the third-place match where she faced No. 2 seeded Clare Palen of Rochester Lourdes. After a long break between matches, Muller fell 6-1, 6-1.
“It was a very similar strategy,” Sergent said. “We were thinking we might work this girl’s forehand a little more, but other than that we had the same game plan. It seemed like we had a few more unforced errors in the second match than in the first, but I think Megan still played extremely well.”
The fourth-place medal was the second Muller earned this week and she helped the Patriots team to fourth in its first state team appearance. The Mid-State Conference champion, Section 7-1A runner-up and team MVP finished with a 34-5 record.
“All four of her matches down there were probably her best quality matches of the season,” Sergent said. “When you finish the season playing your best tennis, I think you can be really proud of yourself.”