The Red Wing girls tennis team started off the Rochester John Marshall tournament against the hosts. After a 6-1 loss to the Rockets, it could have been a long Saturday for the Wingers.
But the girls bounced back with a 4-3 win over Cannon Falls, and a 5-2 victory over Lake City to close out the tournament.
Lauren Grant and McKayla Muelken got the only win for the Wingers against the Rockets, a decisive 6-1, 6-1 decision over Abree Limberg and Makayla Gravenhof.
But against the Bombers, things turned around in a big way for Red Wing, who were missing Nicole Schammel, Serena Feehan and Solveig Christenson.
Emily Otteson, at No. 1 singles, and Anika Nybo, at No. 3 singles, each got victories to get the Wingers off to a good start against Cannon Falls. The No. 3 doubles team of McKenzie and McKayla Muelken fought to a 7-6, 6-4 victory before the No. 2 doubles team of Katie Carlson and Mati Bodensteiner won a thrilling 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 match to clinch the win over the Bombers.
Against the Tigers, the Wingers didn’t need the theatrics of a super-tiebreaker to win the match as all three doubles teams won, leaving only a single win in the singles needed to clinch a winning record on the day.
Nybo and Lauren Grant both got wins, at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, to put the match out of reach.
Lake City opened the tournament with a 5-2 loss to Robbinsdale Armstrong. Both of the Tigers’ wins came at doubles, with Katie Coyle and Braeden McElmury winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 and Carley Cronin and Julia Keller taking No. 3 doubles, 6-4, 6-3.
Lake City fared better in its second match with a 6-1 victory against La Crosse (Wis.) Aquinas. At No. 2 singles, the Tigers’ Katie Henning battled back after losing the first set 6-4, winning the second set 6-3, then taking the super tiebreaker, 10-5.