SARTELL -- Willmar senior Gabie Bierbaum won a second-round match in straight sets Friday to advance to the singles quarterfinals of the Section 8AA individual tournament at Fitness Evolution.
Bierbaum, who won 6-1, 6-0 in the opening round on Thursday, upended Sauk Rapids junior Katie Ford 6-4, 6-0 Friday. Bierbaum, the South's No. 2 seed, will meet North's No. 3 Karlee Jorgenson of Thief River Falls today at 8:30 a.m. in the quarterfinals.
The semifinals are at 12:30 p.m., while the championship and third-place matches are at 3:30 p.m. and if needed, a true-second match will be played at 6:30 p.m.
"Gabie was figuring out her opponent's weakness in the first set and then she did what she's been doing all season in the second set, a two-handed backhand," said Willmar coach Jim Anderson on Bierbaum's win Friday. "She was driving it cross-court. That's her signature shot."
Willmar's other singles entrant, seventh-grader Cayle Hovland, lost 0-6, 0-6 to No. 1 Taylor Tarrolly of St. Cloud Tech in the second round. Willmar's doubles teams of seniors Heather Horning/Kassy Linbo and Waverly Slette/Leah Ramon both lost their second-round matches.
Horning/Linbo fell 5-7 in a third-set tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets, 1-6, 6-4, and Slette/Ramon lost in straight sets, 1-6, 1-6.
Gabie Bierbaum: def. Katie Ford, Sauk Rapids, 6-4, 6-0 in 2nd round ... in quarterfinals today vs. Karlee Jorgenson, Thief River Falls
Cayle Hovland: lost 0-6, 0-6 to Taylor Tarrolly, St. Cloud Tech, in 2nd round ... eliminated
Heather Horning/Kassy Linbo: lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7) to Brooke Volpone/Anne Dockendorf, Monticello, in 2nd round ... eliminated
Waverly Slette/Leah Ramon: lost 1-6, 1-6 to Lauren Veldman/Lindsey Lorette, Becker, in 2nd round ... eliminated
Late results Thursday
How Area Teams Fared
Lisa Dobbelaere: def. Lauren Knisley, Litchfield, 6-1, 6-1 in 1st round ... def. Kelly Beneke, Glencoe-Silver Lake, 6-3, 6-3 in 2nd round ... in semifinals Monday vs. Eva Sullivan, Providence Academy
Abby Nelson: lost 1-6, 0-6 to Emily Prom, Providence Academy, in 1st round ... eliminated
Wally Gustafson/Kristen Lewis: def. Celia Kennedy/Clare Carney, Providence Academy, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in 1st round ... lost 1-6, 6-7 (4-7) to Mattea Eckstein/Daisha Meyer, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, in 2nd round ... eliminated
Louise Lungstrom/Reiley Ness: lost 1-6, 1-6 to Erin Stocker/Greta Egerman, St. Cloud Cathedral, in 1st round ... eliminated