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Girls Tennis: Cannon Falls rides singles to win over Lake City

Cannon Falls' Maddie Adel backhands a return during the Bombers' 5-2 Hiawatha Valley League victory over Lake City Tuesday. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)1 / 2
Lake City's Josie Kuchinka hits a serve during early action of the Tigers' 5-2 Hiawatha Valley League loss to Cannon Falls Tuesday afternoon. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)2 / 2

LAKE CITY – It has been a peaks-and-valleys kind of season for the Cannon Falls girls tennis team. In four wins, the Bombers have tallied at least five points. In their three losses, however, the Bombers have scored a total of four points.

For Lake City, it has been almost the exact opposite. With the exception of two shutout losses, the Tigers have played in three matches decided by one point, and another that ended in a tie.

So it was tough to know what to expect Tuesday when the Bombers took a trip to Lake City. Would it be a rout, one way or the other? Or would it be a fight in every match?

In the end, it was the Cannon Falls way as the Bombers rode a singles sweep to a 5-2 victory.

Maddie Adel, McKenna Bauer and Grace Rutter, the Bombers No. 2 through 4 singles players, respectively, lost just six games total, and three of those were in the second and final set of Rutter’s 6-1, 6-3 win.

“I think we set the tone with our singles. We have four solid singles players and they played well today,” said Cannon Falls head coach Paul Norstad.

Adel and Bauer were both solid on their serves, which turned out to be a big advantage for the Bombers.

“They both have pretty good serves,” Norstad said. “But both of them are pretty well-rounded and good ground strokers. Maddie, especially, has a good serve, but it’s not anything we stress.”

The Tigers, meanwhile, are still trying to figure out where girls will be situated as the season continues its march toward the postseason.

The No. 2 doubles team of Lidia Wallerich and Erica Hubbard cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win while the No. 1 tandem of Katie Coyle and Braeden McElmury had to fight a little harder for their 7-6, 6-4 victory.

“They played very well today, and No. 3 doubles played three sets,” said Lake City head coach Dave Toole. We’re doing some rotating with the doubles, so we’ll see what happens.”

In the final set, Coyle, serving for the match, hit the net player for Cannon Falls, which ended the match as the ball is required to bounce on a serve.

“I’ve never seen that happen before; You’ve got to let it bounce,” Toole said.

The Bombers (5-2) will host Stewartville Thursday while the Tigers will travel to face perennial Class 1A power Rochester Lourdes.

Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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