Fairmont netters defeat St. Peter

ST. PETER – Jill Paris and Shantel Quist assembled an incredible comeback at second doubles to swing a 4-3 victory to the Fairmont Cardinals during a South Central Conference dual tennis meet against the St. Peter Saints on Tuesday in St. Peter.

With the meet knotted at 3-all and trailing by a set, Paris and Quist rallied for a 10-8 win over Kali Cummins and Allie Sandquist to capture the second-set tiebreaker, 7-6. Quist and Paris then netted a 6-2 third-set victory to seal the Cardinals’ cardiac comeback.

Cummins and Sandquist won the opening set via a 6-3 score.

Briana Gratz and Andrea Carstensen continued their winning ways at third doubles for Fairmont, posting a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Natalie Weelborg and Johanna Dietrich.

Missy Viesselman and Allison Moeller claimed the Cardinals’ other two team points during singles action. Viesselman coasted to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Michaela Meyer at the No. 2 position in the bracket, while Moeller flip-flopped her teammate’s score – 6-1, 6-0 – to defeat Mallory Malecek at third singles.

Freshman phenom Rachel Huber outdueled the Cardinals’ Aubrey Green at first singles, 6-4, 6-3, while the Saints’ Aliza Doherty downed Ellie Tonder at the No. 4 spot in the singles bracket, 6-2, 6-0.

Val Bresnahan and Katie Sandquist netted St. Peter’s third team tally by outslugging Sophie Shelgren and Abby Fitzgerald at first doubles, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Fairmont (13-2, 3-1 SCC) plays host to Luverne at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cardinal Courts in Fairmont.

Waseca 5, Blue Earth Area 2 – The Bluejays pocketed three singles matches to help fuel a 5-2 South Central Conference decision over the Bucs on Tuesday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.

Maddie Muotka coasted to a 6-0, 6-1 victory over BEA’s Karleigh Wolff at first singles before Waseca teammate Anna Hoehn outlasted Kaitlyn Olsen at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Katie Tlusty downed Lindsey Prokop at third singles, 6-0, 6-2, to round out the Bluejays’ points in solo competition.

Waseca’s Olivia McIntosh and Maddy Knoll teamed at No. 1 doubles to outslug Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while the Bluejays’ third doubles tandem of Aly Storjohann and Ella Seehafer netted a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 decision over Kali Viland and Annaliese Klinkner.

The Bucs’ Anikka Wilhelmi proved a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Anja Baumgarn at fourth singles, while BEA’s Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington earned back-to-back 6-3 sets over Stephanie Butterfield and Mallorie Gehloff at second doubles.

Blue Earth Area (11-5, 2-3 SCC) travels to Sleepy Eye on Thursday to face River Valley in a nonconference dual meet.