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Girls Tennis: Wingers drop home match to East Ridge

Red Wing's Emily Otteson hits a forehand during her No. 1 singles match Monday against East Ridge at Twin Bluff Middle School. Otteson won her match in three sets. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Emily Otteson had to roll with the ebbs and flows of tennis on Monday.

Facing off with East Ridge’s Regan Dolezal at No. 1 singles, the Red Wing sophomore fell 6-4 in the first set before forcing a third set with a 6-4 second-set victory. Otteson took command in the tiebreaker, but Dolezal would not go down quietly.

“Emily went up 8-4, and then the other girl (Dolezal) really started playing some positive tennis,” said Wingers head coach Matt Kavanagh. “Then it became 8-all, 9-all, 10-all.”

Ultimately, Otteson held off Dolezal 12-10 to win the three-set match.

“It was good to see (Otteson) hold her nerve in that match,” Kavanagh said. “The whole team is glad to get that win there.”

Kavanagh continued, “Regan had a solid variety of pace and she hit some heavy balls. Emily did a good job standing her ground and not letting the ball overpower her.”

Otteson would provide the only point for Red Wing as the visiting Raptors won the match 6-1 at Twin Bluff Middle School.

The Wingers had a pair of three-set losses, with Morley Struss falling to Sophia Stark in No. 3 singles (6-1, 4-6, 6-3) and Lauren Brooks and Lauren Grant losing to Katelyn Champoux and Allison Marshall at No. 1 doubles (7-6, 6-2, 10-8).

“It was a close meet. There were only two matches where we didn’t have a shot,” Kavanagh said. “We’ll need to find a way to start a little better as a team. When you lose the first set, it’s hard to come back from that.”

Red Wing plays a pair of road meets this week, traveling to Rochester Century on Tuesday for a dual and Hastings on Thursday for a triangular with Northfield and the host Raiders.

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