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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Saints girls tennis wins four matches and now ranked third

  • The Saints hosted two girls tennis tournaments last week and went 4-0. The toughest opponent the girls faced during that stretch was probably the weather as two of the doubles tournament matches were rained out last Wednesday.
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  • The Saints hosted two girls tennis tournaments last week and went 4-0. The toughest opponent the girls faced during that stretch was probably the weather as two of the doubles tournament matches were rained out last Wednesday.
    Head Coach Les Zellmann said he thought the girls would have won those rained out doubles matches.
    The Wednesday tournament was an all doubles affair. The Saints hosted Luverne, Sibley East and Maple River.
    In the match they completed, the Saints went 8-0 with most of the matches being won by comfortable margins.
    The closest match was the Saints No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Christensen and Anna Haler. The girls lost the first set 6-7, won the second 6-1 and ground out the win in the third set tie breaker winning 13-11.
    The Saints No. 1 doubles team were the one and two singles players of Lorena Hernandez and Julia Boeve. They won in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
    The Saints usual No. 1 doubles played at No. 2 in this match. Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson won 6-2, 6-0.
    All the remaining Saints teams also won in straight sets.
    Aubrey Eckstrom and Taylor Nordhausen teamed up to win 6-1, 6-1. Morgan Sandmeyer and Alejandra Trapero won 6-1, 6-3.
    Miranda Giese and Hollie Peterson had a competitive straight set win. They won the first set in a 7-5 tie breaker and the second set 6-1.
    Lil Krause and Lesley Vargas won 6-2, 6-3. Kalli Nordhausen and Mikkala Pearson won 6-2, 6-0.
    The Saints were up 3-0 on Sibley East when the match was suspended.
    Aubrey and Taylor won in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. At the No. 7 doubles slot Miranda Jacoby and Nicole Koenig won 6-4, 6-1.
    Ana San Miguel and Shenya Johnson won 6-4, 6-0 giving the Saints a three match to zip lead when play was suspended. The Saints were comfortablely ahead in three other matches when the rains came.
    On Friday the Saints played a quadrangular against Martin County West, Montevideo and YME.
    The Saints beat MCW 7-0 in part because MCW forfeited the two and three doubles. The Saints dispatched the four singles players and the on doubles team that did play for MCW in straight sets.
    Lorena Hernandez won 6-1,6-4, Julia Boeve won 6-1, 6-o, Aubrey Eckstrom won 6-0, 6-2 and Taylor Nordhausen won 6-3, 6-2.
    Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson won at one doubles 6-2, 6-1.
    The Saints lost at three doubles in the other two matches they played and won other matches by comfortable to commanding margins.
    Against YME Hernandez won 6-0, 6-0; Boeve won 6-0, 6-1; Eckstrom won 6-0, 6-1; and Nordhausen won 6-1, 6-2.
    In doubles Foss and Frederickson won 6-3, 6-0; and Anna Haler and Morgan Sandmeyer won 6-3, 6-4.
    Page 2 of 2 - Against Montevideo the Saints won with Hernandez going 6-1, 6-1; Boeve won 6-2, 6-2; Eckstrom won 6-3, 6-0; and Nordhausen won 6-2, 7-5.
    In doubles Foss and Frederickson won 6-0, 6-3; and Haler and Sandmeyer won 6-3, 6-4
    In the first week of the season the Saints have jumped out to a 6-1 record with the only loss coming to big Class A school Orono. The success the Saints have had so far this year has lifted them up to the No. 3 ranking in the Class AA State Tennis Ranking this week. Lorena Hernandez in the No. 8 ranked individual player in the most recent poll.

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