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Girls Tennis: Doubles vault Red Wing to victory

Red Wing’s doubles took control of the court Friday against North High School, pushing the Wingers to a 5-2 victory in North St. Paul.

Nicole Schammel and Solveig Christenson breezed through No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-0, over Emily LaCasse and Amy Glaus. At No. 2, McKenzie Muelken and Katie Carlson also notched a 6-0, 6-0 win against the Polars’ Bobbie Morelli and Allison Ly. Serena Feehan and Lauren Brooks clinched the doubles sweep for the Wingers with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hannah Egan and Gabrielle Reeve.

“They were all pretty happy with the way they played,” Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh said of the doubles.

Emily Stegora (6-3, 6-2) and Claire Carson (6-4, 6-3) picked up wins in No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Playing Kyla Mittal in No. 1 singles, Red Wing’s Emily Otteson recovered from a 6-1 first-set loss to take the second set 6-1. Ultimately, Mittal won the pivotal third set 7-6.

“The thing with Emily was she was making that one extra ball in the second that she wasn’t making in the first set,” Kavanagh said. “That turned the whole match around.”

Anika Nybo extended her No. 4 singles match into a third set before ultimately falling 1-6, 6-2, 10-7. 

Today, the Wingers host their first meet of the season, taking on Andover and Cretin-Derham Hall at Twin Bluff Middle School. 

“We’re looking forward to it; I actually have two different lineups for (Saturday),” Kavanagh said. “I’m doing some experimentation with the lineup before the conference season starts. … We’re in for more of a challenge (Saturday).”

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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