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Slama eliminated at State

By Staff | Nov 2, 2009

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.