Girls Tennis: Cardinals' four section entrants advance
SARTELL -- Willmar's two singles players and both doubles teams advanced in the Section 8AA individual tournament on Thursday.
In singles, Willmar's Gabie Bierbaum defeated Rocori's Taylor Madison 6-1, 6-0, and Cayle Hovland topped Rocori's Tracy Molitor 6-0, 6-0.
The doubles teams of Heather Horning and Kassy Linbo won 6-0, 6-2, and Waverly Slette and Leah Ramon 6-1, 6-0.
"All the girls were well-prepared, played with good speed and had great hand-eye coordination," Willmar head coach Jim Anderson said. "The senior girls took it upon themselves to play like there was no tomorrow."
Willmar's singles players will continue with matches 8 a.m. today. The doubles teams will play at 10 a.m.
Singles: Gabie Bierbaum, Willmar, def. Taylor Madison, Rocori, 6-1,6-0; Cayle Hovland, Willmar, def. Tracy Molitor, Rocori, 6-0, 6-0
Doubles: Heather Horning/Kassy Linbo, def. Kendra Buettner/Katie Sucket, Becker 6-0, 6-2; Waverly Slette/Leah Ramon def. Ashley Gregerson/Remington Beyak, Apollo 6-1, 6-0
All four of Litchfield's entrants were eliminated from the individual tournament after the first day of competition Thursday at St. John's University.
Emily Smith/Krista Miller and Kalley Spreiter/Kennedy Sommerfeld won their opening matches in doubles, but then fell in the second round.
How Area Teams Fared
Ali McGraw: 0-1, eliminated ... Lauren Knisley: 0-1, eliminated
Emily Smith/Krista Miller: 1-1, eliminated ... Kalley Spreiter/Kennedy Sommerfeld: 1-1, eliminated