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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Saints serve and volley their way to 5 wins last week

  • The SJA girls tennis team cranked up the action last week with six matches scheduled. The Saints went 5-0. The marquee showdown of the week against Rochester Lourdes was called off on Saturday afternoon due to rain.
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  • The SJA girls tennis team cranked up the action last week with six matches scheduled. The Saints went 5-0. The marquee showdown of the week against Rochester Lourdes was called off on Saturday afternoon due to rain.
    Saints bash St. Peter 7-0
    The Saints traveled up to St. Peter on Tuesday and swept the Saints from the North 7-0. All matches were won in straight set with most of the games decided by comfortable margins.
    At one and two singles Lorena Hernandez and Julia Boeve both won 6-1, 6-1. Aubrey Eckstrom blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0. Taylor Nordhausen won 6-2, 6-3.
    Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson won 6-2, 6-4 at one dubs. Hannah Christensen and Anna Haler won at two 6-1, 6-2 and Morgan Sandmeyer and Alejandra Trapero won at No, 3 doubles 6-2, 6-4.
    SJA 6, Maple River 1
    The Saints won 6-1 home match against Maple River on Monday afternoon.
    The Saints singles players went 4-0 in their matches. They all won in straight sets and beat their Maple River players by a total of 48 games to 1.
    Lorena Hernandez, Julia Boeve and Aubrey Eckstrom all won 6-0, 6-0.
    Taylor Nordhausen won 6-0, but dropped a game in the second set going 6-1.
    Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson won 6-1, 6-0 at one dubs. Hannah Christensen and Anna Haler lost a close match at No. 2 doubles 4-6, 4-6. Morgan Sandmeyer and Alison Durheim won at No. 3 doubles 6-3, 6-2.
    Saints win two on Saturday
    The Saints hosted three teams on Saturday. Ranked No. 3 in the state, the Saints showdown match against Lourdes was rained out with just a few matches underway.
    The Saints beat River Valley 7-0 and got by 10th ranked United South Central (USC) 4-3.
    The USC Rebels match was a nail biter. The Rebels stacked their singles lineup with the team's best players.
    USC won three of four singles matches. The Saints got the hard fought win by sweeping the three doubles matches.
    Julia Boeve won at No. 2 single, but Lorena Hernandez, Aubrey Eckstrom and Taylor Nordhausen lost their singles matches.
    In doubles, No. 1 Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson won a first set tie breaker and the second set 6-2. Hannah Christensen and Anna Haler won 6-2, 6-0.
    It came down to three dubs to determine which team won the match. Underclassmen Alejandra Trapero and Morgan Sandmeyer came through under pressure as they beat their Rebel opponents 6-3, 7-5.
    Head Coach Les Zellmann said, "Morgan Sandmeyer and Alejandra Trapero won the fourth point against USC. They handled the pressure well."
    Zellmann also said, "Julia Boeve displayed some very fine tennis through the day and also won a big singles match for us."
    Page 2 of 2 - The Saints blanked River Valley 7-0 on Saturday. All of the matches were won in straight sets, with most of the matches being decided by comfortable margins.
    Lorena Hernandez at one and Julia Boeve at two singles each won 6-0, 6-0.
    Aubrey Eckstrom won 6-1, 6-0. Freshman Miranda Jacoby rotated in at No. 4 singles and won 6-4, 6-4.
    In doubles play, Foss and Frederickson won at No. 1 6-4, 6-2 and Chirstensen and Haler won 6-1, 6-3 at two dubs.
    Hollie Peterson and Alison Durheim won at No. 3 doubles for SJA 6-1, 6-2.
    Saints 5-2 over BEA
    The Saints beat the visiting BEA Bucs on Thursday by a team score of 5-2.
    The Saints five wins were in straight sets, while the teams two losses were in three sets.
    SJA won the top three singles by comfortable margins. At No. 1 Lorena Hernandez won 6-0, 6-1. Julia Boeve at No. 2 and Aubrey Eckstrom at No. 3 singles won their straight set matches 6-2, 6-2.
    Taylor Nordhausen lost a closely contested match at No. 4 singles. Taylor lost the first set 5-7, came back to win the second set 6-2, but dropped the third set by a 4-6 score.
    Talking about the Saints singles play, Head Coach Les Zellmann said, "Lorena Hernandez displayed a blend of very good consistent play and then also hit some solid winners with her forehand and backhand groundstrokes.
    "Julia Boeve played very well again. She continues to show her ability to compete with players of different styles.
    "Aubrey Eckstrom is developing more tools in her game by mixing underspin shots with her topspin game.
    "Taylor Nordhausen did a good job to bring her match to three sets."
    In doubles play, the No. 1 team of Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson won in two sets, with the second set being a tie breaker. The score was 6-0, 6-6 and the tie breaker went 7-5. After cruising in the first set, Acacia and Ashley found themselves trailing in the second set. Coach Zellmann said, "At number one doubles Acacia Foss and Ashley Frederickson did play very well in their first set and then made a great comeback in their second set and won a tiebreaker to win their match in two sets."
    The team's other match loss was at No. 2 doubles where Anna Haler and Hannah Christensen extended the match to three sets falling 1-6, 7-5, 2-6.
    The coach praised his two seniors for extending the match to three sets.
    The No. 3 doubles team of Morgan Sandmeyer and Alejandra Trapero won in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

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