Girls Tennis: Wingers win at North St. Paul
After beginning the year with two straight losses, Red Wing’s girls tennis team found its stride Wednesdaywith a 7-0 victory over North St. Paul.
All seven matches were 10-game, one-set affairs, and the Wingers had little trouble navigating the scoring setup.
Emily Otteson won 10-1 at No. 1 singles, while Anika Nybo also cleared out in a hurry with a 10-2 victory at No. 3 singles. Lauren Brooks and Madi Bodensteiner cruised 10-4 at No. 1 doubles and Abby Tesdall and Caidyn Ward finished early in a 10-0 win. Solveig Christenson fought off a bit of adversity to take a 10-6 match.
The two close matches were reserved for No. 4 singles, where McKayla Muelken held off Nicole Kleinschmidt, 10-8, and at No. 2 doubles, where Lauren Grant and Morley Struss won 10-8 against Gaby Reeve and Sarah Wainer.
The Wingers (1-2) will jump back into Big Nine Conference play with a Thursday triangular in Faribault against Rochester Mayo and the host Falcons.
The Red Wing girls tennis team ran into a buzz saw in Owatonna on Tuesday, falling 7-0 to the Huskies. The Wingers, opening 2014 with a Big Nine Conference triangular, also lost to Rochester John Marshall, 4-3, to start the new season 0-2 in their new league.
Against the Rockets, Red Wing grabbed three victories in doubles play, led by Madi Bodensteiner and Lauren Grant’s 6-2, 6-2 sweep of Sam Woog and Kirthica Dutta at No. 2 doubles. Lauren Brooks and Solveig Christenson won 6-4, 7-5 at the top doubles spot, while McKayla Muelken and Morley Struss won a three-set thriller, 6-3, 5-7, 10-4.
Red Wing managed to win just nine games against the Huskies, not counting a solid effort from Grant and Muelken at No. 2 doubles that saw the duo tripped up 7-5, 6-2.