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Girls Tennis: Red Wing moves on in Section 1AA tournament

Red Wing's Emily Otteson eyes a return during her 6-0, 6-0 win Tuesday that helped the Wingers beat Austin in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament, 6-1. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)1 / 2
Red Wing's Solveig Christenson smacks a forehand return during her 6-1, 6-0 win Tuesday that helped the Wingers beat Austin in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament, 6-1. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)2 / 2

As the North sub-section’s No. 3 seed in the Section 1AA girls tennis tournament, Red Wing was expected to beat Austin, the South’s sixth seed, in Tuesday’s first round.

The Wingers wasted little time in meeting, then exceeding those expectations, in a 6-1 win at Twin Bluff Middle School.

Emily Otteson was on and off the court within 35 minutes, beating Brianna Fritz 6-0, 6-0 in their match at No. 1 singles.

“If you rounded up to the nearest five, then yeah,” said a smiling Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh. “It was pretty one-sided, which was good for (Otteson) because she had a similar treatment against Chanhassen so it was nice to get an equivalent win back the other way.”

At No. 2 singles, Solveig Christenson trounced Maggie Trom 6-1, 6-0 while Nicole Schammel blitzed Elizabeth Ettinger 6-0, 6-0.

“All the top three singles got through without any problems,” Kavanagh said. “Our doubles are a little bit more conservative today. But I think we should be ready to be competitive come Thursday.”

In the doubles matches, Emily Stegora and Katie Carlson were the last varsity players on the court, taking a three-set victory 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 over Alicia Storza and Megan Fleiner at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2, Serena Feehan and Lauren Brooks cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory, a slightly quicker match than McKenzie Muelken and Mati Bodensteiner had at No. 3 doubles, a 7-5, 6-0 win over Jennifer Bogle and Maggie Leif.

What the Wingers were able to do Tuesday will be quite different from what awaits them Thursday in Rochester.

“We’ve got to make a decision if we want to stack doubles or singles,” Kavanagh said. “I imagine going strong in doubles is the sensible thing to do. It’s tough either way. But I don’t think there’s any reason we can’t win a few matches; they’re not invincible.”

No, Rochester Century is not invincible, but they are good, as evidenced by a No. 8 ranking in the latest Class 2A polls. The Panthers’ two losses this season were to No. 2 Minnetonka and No. 3 Rochester Mayo.

The winner of Thursday’s match will move on to the Section 1AA final four next Tuesday.

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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