Fairmont netters capture invitational crown
REDWOOD FALLS – The Fairmont Cardinal girls tennis team made some racket on Saturday, reeling off three consecutive dual-meet victories to capture the Redwood Valley Invitational crown.
Fairmont posted a 7-0 first-round triumph over host Redwood Valley, coasted to another seven-point shutout over River Valley and capped tournament action by downing MACCRAY by a 6-1 decision in Redwood Falls.
“The girls really played well in nearly every aspect of the game,” said Fairmont mentor Kathy Krezel, whose lineup displayed its resiliency by bouncing back from a loss to Class A, No. 3-ranked St. James on Thursday.
No. 1 netter Aubrey Green clicked on all cylinders in earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Redwood Valley’s Ahnna Malecek in helping guide Fairmont to a straight-set sweep of the singles bracket.
Missy Viesselman downed Alyssa Lueck, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 2 singles, while left-hander Allison Moeller coasted to back-to-back 6-0 set wins over Carli Grannes at third singles.
Ellie Tonder then capped Fairmont’s singles sweep by serving a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Sydney Peyerl at the No. 4 spot in the lineup.
Sophie Shelgren and Abby Fitzgerald combined court skills at No. 1 doubles to outslug Abby Einck and Kenzie Jeseritz, 6-0, 7-5, while Fairmont teammates Jill Paris and Shantel Quist netted a 6-2, 6-4 second-doubles decision over Tori Jeseritz and Rhylee Schmidt.
Briana Gratz and Andrea Carstensen capped Fairmont’s victory over Redwood Valley by outlasting Kenzie Manthei and Onna Giernet at third doubles, 6-1, 3-6, (10-1).
Green, Viesselman, Moeller and Tonder once again made a clean sweep of the singles bracket to help fuel Fairmont’s shutout of River Valley in second-round action.
Green delivered a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Natalie Stevens at the No. 1 position, while Viesselman officially posted a 1-0, injury default decision over Alyssa Rubey at second singles. Viesselman won the opening set 6-0 before Rubey retired due to heat exhaustion.
Moeller rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 third-singles victory over Madison Hoffman before Tonder downed Lauren Klein, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot in the lineup.
Shelgren and Fitzgerald reeled off a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Kalyn Haas and Lauren Laffen at No. 1 doubles, while Paris and Quist outlasted Ashley Johnson and Carissa Evers, 6-3, 6-4, at second doubles.
Gratz and Carstensen then compiled a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over River Valley’s Kacie Goblirsch and Tayler Hoffman at third doubles.
Fairmont then sealed the team crown by rolling through the singles bracket en route to a 6-1 third-round win over MACCRAY.
Green chalked up back-to-back 6-2 set victories over Kim Trulock at first singles, while Viesselman breezed past Belle Brynjulfson in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 singles.
Moeller hammered her way to back-to-back 6-0 set wins over Heather Marcus at third singles, while Tonder duplicated her Cardinal teammate’s shutout over Brianna Harguth at No. 4 singles.
Paris and Quist outslugged Kaylee Christenson and Amber Wieberdink at second doubles, 3-6, 6-1, (10-8), while Gratz and Carstensen wrapped up Fairmont’s points by downing Emily Woods and Haylee Sandry, 6-0, 6-1, at third doubles.
MACCRAY’s first doubles tandem of Jenna Mersbergen and Annie Sandry defeated Shelgren and Fitzgerald, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles.
Fairmont (8-2, 0-1 South Central) travels to Mapleton on Tuesday to face Maple River.
Blue Earth Area 7, Tri-City United 0 – The Bucs withstood the heat to blister the Titans, 7-0, during a nonconference dual meet on Saturday in Montgomery.
Karleigh Wolff rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kori Lowe at first singles, while Blue Earth Area teammate Lindsey Prokop duplicated that score in defeating Rosa Ruiz at No. 3 singles.
Anikka Wilhelmi coasted to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Jessica O’Meara at fourth singles, while Kaitlyn Olsen capped the Bucs’ singles sweep via a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 comeback win over Breanna Jaycox at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows bested Molly Tiede and Kristi Frederick at No. 1 doubles in back-to-back 6-0 sets, while BEA’s Kali Viland and Annaliese Klinkner outslugged Kelsey Davis and Lexi Briseno at third doubles, 6-4, 6-3.
Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington completed the Bucs’ team shutout victory by outlasting Emily Holicky and Guadalupe Ruiz at second doubles, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1.
Blue Earth Area (9-1, 1-0 South Central) plays host to United South Central on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.