Girls Tennis: Sixth-ranked Chanhassen dominates Red Wing
Matt Kavanagh knew Thursday’s match against Chanhassen was going to be tough. The Storm are the best girls tennis team in the Missota Conference, Kavanagh said. And they also happen to be one of the best in the state, coming in at No. 6 in the latest Class AA poll.
Kavanagh, Red Wing’s head coach, was hoping for at least two wins against conference foe Chanhassen, something that he said could happen. Instead, the Storm made quick work of the singles matches, dropping just six games in four matches, as well as taking two of three doubles matches to clinch the Missota Conference title.
Still, the 6-1 loss for the Wingers and Kavanagh wasn’t too bad of a showing.
“The (talent) didn’t seem to drop off very much because they were strong all the way through singles,” Kavanagh said.
The tightest of the singles matches was at No. 2 where Claire Carson lost 6-3, 6-1 to Brooke Lapinski. Despite the loss, Kavanagh was impressed by Carson’s day.
“Claire did especially well. That was a promotion of (Claire’s) order in the team as well as a promotion in the level of the team we were playing,” Kavanagh said. “It was like a double whammy for her, to step up twice.”
The real step up in competition was at No. 1 singles were Emily Otteson face the No. 2-ranked girl in the state.
“She’s really tough,” Kavanagh said of Chanhassen’s Hayley Haakenstad. “That was always going to be a difficult one to pull out. Even to just get a game was a good result for Emily.”
The No. 2 doubles team of Nicole Schammel and Katie Carlson got the lone win for the Wingers, a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 victory over Paige Pogue and Sydney Lorentzson.
“They were lucky to win that first set in the tiebreaker,” Kavanagh said. “And then they just steamrolled them in the second set.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Emily Stegora and Solveig Christenson lost 7-5, 6-4 in a match that Kavanagh had circled as a possible win.
“They were definitely capable of pulling out a win there, but they didn’t quite get there at the business end of the sets,” Kavanagh said.
The loss closes the books on Red Wing’s regular season. The Wingers finished with an 11-6-1 record, and will now get ready for the team and individual section tournaments. Kavanagh said he’s mostly settled on lineups for the tournaments, which begin with the team competition Oct. 1.
“I think we’re pretty well prepared for that,” Kavanagh said. “We’ve got three lineups, but, realistically, we’ll use one of them.”
The Northfield girls tennis team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in less than an hour Wednesday, forcing Red Wing to play catch up for the remainder of the contest.
The Wingers were able to grab three wins, but fell short overall, losing 4-3 in a Missota Conference make-up match.
Nicole Schammel got a win at No. 3 singles, beating Rachel Will 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. Prior to that, Emily Stegora and Solveig Christenson got a victory at No. 1 doubles with a grueling 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) win over Annika Johnson and Elizabeth Pritchard.
The Wingers third win also came in doubles as the No. 3 pair of Serena Feehan and Lauren Brooks cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 advantage over Sarah Will and Greta Nelson.