Moeller caps tennis career at state
MINNEAPOLIS – Fairmont singles player Allison Moeller did not exit the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center’s courts without a hard-fought effort on Friday.
Trinity School at River Ridge senior Jenny Mulvey posted a 6-1 opening-set win over Moeller during their Class A state consolation semifinal clash in Minneapolis before the Fairmont senior assembled yet another solid comeback.
Moeller bounced back to capture a 6-3 second-set victory to force a decisive supertiebreaker in place of an entire third set. Mulvey, however, regrouped to fend off Moeller, 10-5.
No. 3-ranked Sofia Terzic of Rochester Lourdes, who claimed the bronze medal during the 2012 Class A state singles tournament, downed Mulvey in back-to-back 6-3 sets to earn the state consolation crown. Terzic reached the consolation finals via a 6-0, 6-2 decision over United South Central senior standout Claire Christian.
No. 1-ranked Sonya Das of St. Paul Academy & Summit School successfully defended her 2012 Class A state singles championship by losing only one game to No. 9-ranked Danielle Gannon in Friday’s finals, 6-0, 6-1.
Das gained the finals by defeating No. 4-ranked Abby Kantor of Foley in Friday’s semifinals, while Gannon reached the gold-medal round by downing Aitkin’s Claire Browning, 6-3, 6-1. Kantor then bounced back to outlast Browning for the bronze medal, 6-3, 6-4.
In the Class A state doubles tournament on Friday, Patricia Zhao and Sunny Tang outslugged Grace Zumwinkle and Kendall Kozikowski in an all-Breck School finale, 7-5, 6-2.
Zhao and Tang, who were ranked No. 2 and 3 in the Class A singles poll, respectively, rolled by Eveleth-Gilbert’s Katelyn Rice and Alexia Brascugli in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2. Zumwinkle and Kozikowski gained the finals via a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Park Rapids Area’s Christina Smith and Julia Renner.
Rice and Brascugli rallied to outduel Smith and Renner in the third-place match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, while Virginia’s Taylor Gunderson and Brylee Seitz claimed the consolation doubles crown by netting a 6-2, 6-0 win over Staples-Motley’s Kelsey Zetah and Nikki Edin.
Zetah and Edin fended off St. James’ Aubrey Eckstrom and Julia Boeve in Friday’s consolation semifinals, 6-4, 6-3, while Gunderson and Seitz downed Minnewaska Area’s Rachel Riley and Makenna Hanson in back-to-back 6-1 sets.