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Tennis Girls: Willmar comes up short against Fergus

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FERGUS FALLS -- Erika Kath expected a tight match Tuesday with Fergus Falls, but the Willmar coach didn't get an opportunity to see all of the action.

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Playing on two courts separated by "about a mile or maybe more," Fergus Falls edged Willmar 4-3 in a Central Lakes Conference dual.

The Cardinals (4-2, 4-6) grabbed the first point when senior Andrea Brown won 6-1, 6-0 at 1-singles. Seniors Leslie Marcus and Allie Ellingson won a first-set tiebreaker 8-6 at 1-doubles before not losing a game to tie the dual at 2-2 for Willmar. But the Otters, new to the conference this year, won 2- and 3-singles to pick up the win.

"We knew it would be a close match because they beat Rocori 5-2 Monday and we beat Rocori 4-3 last week," said Kath. "Andrea played just really well. She placed the ball well and moved (Lisa Koeppel) around the court a lot."

Willmar sophomore Sarah Paterson won the last match of the day with her 6-2, 6-1 victory at 4-singles.

Fergus Falls 4, Willmar 3

Singles

(1) Andrea Brown, Wil, def. Lisa Koeppel 6-1, 6-0 (2) Lexi Moon, FF, def. Amanda Bredeson 6-1, 6-1 (3) Michelle Piekarski, FF, def. Jenny Peterson 6-3, 6-0 (4) Sarah Paterson, Wil, def. Ashley Walvatne 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

(1) Leslie Marcus-Allie Ellingson, Wil, def. Ashley Brenseth-Erin Veske 7-6 (8-6), 6-0 (2) Tara Kimball-Erin Morstad, FF, def. Brittin Dahle-Eva Rodelius 6-0, 6-2 (3) Stephanie Schultz-Tiffany Werre, FF, def. Haylee Thompson-Hannah Okins 6-0, 6-4

NEXT -- Willmar: Tuesday, home vs. Marshall

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