Tough competition at State Tourney
Faribault County high school tennis players had a rough time at the State Class A Tennis Tournament this past week.
Blue Earth Area’s Karleigh Wolff lost her opening round of play by scores of 6-2, 6-4, to Mikayla Wing of Staples-Motley.
Wing was ranked No. 7 in state as the tournament began.
The Bucs’ Wolff dropped to the consolation quarterfinals where she lost a hard-fought match against Fairmont’s Allison Moeller.
Wolff pulled out a big 6-4 win in the first set in the match against Moeller.
The Fairmont senior then rallied for a 6-2 win over Wolff, forcing a third tie-breaker set to 10 points.
BEA’s Wolff lost the third set 10-2 and was eliminated from moving on to Friday’s competition at State.
USC’s singles player State qualifier had a little better luck.
Claire Christian lost her opening session match on Thursday, but bounced back to win her second match and advance to the next round held on Friday, after this edition of the Faribault County Register went to press.
Christian lost her first match in a hotly contested three set contest to Claire Browning of Aitkin.
The USC?Rebel lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. That dropped her into the consolation quarterfinals played later in the day on Thursday.
There Christian was able to rally and defeat Bethany Ellis of Sauk Centre, 6-4, 6-2.
The USC girls tennis team had qualified for the team for portion of the tournament as well, but ran into two tough matches and were eliminated from moving on.
The Rebels first lost to Staples-Motley by a score of 5-2. That dropped them into the consolation bracket where they fell to Providence Academy by a very close score of 4-3.
Against Staples-Motley, the Rebels got a win from No. 2 singles player Linsey Thisius who defeated Sarah Koopman 6-2, 6-0.
Julia Stenzel had the other win for the Rebels, downing Lexi Johnson 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.
In the second match, against Providence Academy, the Rebels’ Stenzel gained another win 6-1, 6-1.
Kia Legred also notched a win at No. 3 singles with scores of 6-1, 6-3, and the No. 3 doubles team of Emma Barnd and Kelly Neubauer won in three sets, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
No information or results for USC’s state tournament doubles team were available at press time.