Slama eliminated at State
The Buccaneer’s Emily Slama ran into some tough competition at the State Tennis Meet on Thursday, and lost both of the two matches she played.
In the 8 a.m. opening round at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Slama faced Courtney Rust of Rochester Lourdes.
Rust, ranked No. 4 in the state, defeated Slama 6-3, 6-0.
That dropped Slama into the consolation bracket, and the junior Buc went up against sophomore Kimmy Mrozek from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
In a hard-fought match, Slama lost a tough first set, 7-5. She then bounced back and took the second set by a score of 6-4.
In the third and deciding set, Slama fell behind and lost 6-3.
“Emily played hard and we are all proud of her,” Buc tennis coach Terry Barnes said after the match. “She has put in a lot of time and she has had a major improvement in every aspect from last year. It (State) was a great experience for her.”
Other area tennis players were also eliminated in the State.
Stephanie Biehn from Martin County West won her first match over St. Cloud Cathedral’s Erin Stocker, 6-3, 6-1. However, she lost in the next round to Elena Sullivan of Providence Academy, 6-2, 6-0.
Maple River’s doubles team of Mandi Stencel and Sara Anderson opened with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sarah Derosier and Hayley Myrold of Crookston.
However, the pair lost the next round match against Skye Coughlin and Emma Koskiniemi of Staples-Motley, 6-4, 7-5.