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Girls tennis roundup: Cardinals single out Brainerd

The Willmar Cardinals girls tennis team bushwhacked Brainerd 4-3 on Tuesday in a Central Lakes dual.

Willmar (6-4, 10-5) was crushed by the Warriors in Brainerd 6-1, winning only two sets and very few games.

"The Brainerd coach told me, 'Your girls came ready to play,' " related Willmar coach Jim Anderson. "This was a big win for us against a tough CLC team. It was our best outing against a conference team."

Gabie Bierbaum at 1 singles led the sweep. Cayle Hovland, who picked up the lone Willmar point in the early meeting, picked up the fourth point winning 6-2, 7-6.

Bailey Hovland bounced back from a break of serve in the second set to win 7-5, 6-3.

At 4 singles, Hannah Hansen played her strongest meet this season in a domineering 6-2, 6-0 win.

"The girls have really put in the work," said Anderson. "It's fun to see them get a payday."

Brainerd (6-3, 8-5) ruled doubles in straight sets.

Willmar 4, Brainerd 3


(1) Gabie Bierbaum, W, def Caitlin Steffen 6-4, 6-2 (2) Cayle Hovland, W, def Rose Hunter 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) (3) Bailey Hovland, W, def Chole Glassman 7-5, 6-3 (4) Hanna Hansen, W, def Krista Anderson 6-2, 6-0


Megan Hintz/Sara Wennerstrand, B, def Heather Horning/Kassy Linbo 6-1, 6-4 (2) Morgan Steffen/ Natalie Comeau, B, def Waverly Slette/Leah Ramon 6-2, 6-4 (3) Brooke Mimmack/ Ashley Fitterer, B, def Tayva Vollan/Megan Anderson 6-2, 6-2

West Central

Benson 7, LQPV/DB 0

Behind Kelly Saunders' clean sweep at 1-singles, Benson lost just four games in singles en route to blanking a young Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd squad 7-0 in a West Central Conference match Tuesday.

Bridget Auch at No. 2, Maggie Buyck at No. 3 and Raquel Curriel at No. 4 all won in straight sets in singles with one set ending 6-0.

The Braves' three doubles duos also won at least one set 6-0 with Kendra Dingmann and Megan Vergin winning both sets without losing a game.

Courtney Hanson and Molly Hacker, a pair of seventh-graders, won the second set at 3-doubles for LQPV/DB after being blanked in the opener, but Benson's (3-4, 7-11) eighth-grade combo of Katie Samuelson and Kellie Enderson won a third-set tiebreaker in the dark to cap the sweep.


(1) Kelly Saunders, B, def. Anna Dvorak 6-0, 6-0 (2) Bridget Auch, B, def. Mary Savoy 6-0, 6-2 (3) Maggie Buyck, B, def. Kamryn Siedschlag 6-1, 6-0 (4) Raquel Curriel, B, def. Marissa Gearman 6-1, 6-0


(1) Kelsey Rajewsky/Melanie Reese, B, def. Kylie Jahn/Amber Borstad 6-0, 7-6 (7-4) (2) Kendra Dingmann/Megan Vergin, B, def. Kristeen Frank/Karissa Jahn 6-0, 6-0 (3) Katie Samuelson/Kellie Enderson, B, def. Courtney Hanson/Molly Hacker 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7)

Minnewaska 5,

Yellow Medicine East 2

Every match was decided in two sets with the tightest match decided 6-2, 7-5. Rachel Riley/Makenna Hansen at 1-doubles led the Lakers' sweep in pairs.


(1) Ellen Stensrud, M, def Jordan Glad 6-0, 6-0 (2) Hannah Freske, M, def. Danielle Clarke 6-2, 6-1 (3) Rachel Christensen, Y, def Karissa Lamont 6-0, 6-1 (4) Leah Gluth, Y, def. Myranda Thoen 6-2, 6-2


(1) Rachel Riley/Makenna Hansen, M, def Bri Raddatz/Jordan Trotter 6-2, 7-5 (2) Jade Hoffman/Sarah Freske, M, def Keunna Hammer/Anna Posch 6-3, 6-0 (3) Joelle Thorfinnson/Annika Pederson, M, def Sandy Bartels/Hayley Spielman 6-3, 6-0


Melrose 5,

New London-Spicer 2

Lisa Dobbelaere in 1-singles and Louise Lungstrom/Reiley Ness in 2-doubles accounted for New London-Spicer's wins in a 5-2 loss to Melrose.


(1) Lisa Dobbelaere, N, def. Michaela Worms 6-0, 6-0 (2) Grace Brang, M, def. Abby Nelson 6-1, 6-1 (3) Jailyn Brinkman, M, def. MacKenzie Loftness 6-0, 6-1 (4) Kenedy Meyes, M, def. Kylie Soine 6-2, 6-1


(1) Madison Rausch/Elaine Kraker, M, def. Kristen Lewis/Wally Gustafson 6-4, 6-4 (2) Louise Lungstrom/Reiley Ness, N, def. Ashley Zenzen/Kelly Kennedy 6-2, 7-5 (3) Elisha Engelmeyer/Sheila Poepping, M, def. Kendra Gronseth/Anna Cook 6-0, 7-5

Redwood Valley 4, Litchfield 3

Redwood Valley kept Litchfield (0-17) searching for its first win after Ahnna Malecek outlasted Krista Miller in a three-set dual at 3-singles to pick up the Cardinals' fourth point.

Litchfield got its three wins -- all of which came in straight sets -- from Lauren Knisley at No. 2 and Ali McGraw at No. 4 in singles, and Kennedy Sommerfeld and Emily Smith at 1-doubles.


(1) Abby Schmidt, R, def. Kalley Spreiter 6-4, 6-2 (2) Lauren Knisley, L, def. Abi Einck 6-2, 6-1 (3) Ahnna Malecek, R, def. Krista Miller 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 (4) Ali McGraw, L, def. Carli Grannes 6-4, 6-1


(1) Kennedy Sommerfeld/Emily Smith, L, def. Callie Hansen/Madison Tholkes 6-0, 7-5 (2) Alex Erie/Alyssa Lueck, R, def. Alexa Desens/April Anderson 6-1, 6-0 (3) Becca Einck/Mackenzie Jeseritz, R, def. Grace Spanos/Kate Schumann 6-2, 6-4


Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa swept singles in straights with Eva Lamprecht at No. 1, Jordan Gruendemann at No. 2, Chala Hoppe at No. 3 and Cassandra Hoppe at No. 4 earning the wins.

Annie Sandry/Kaylee Christenson at No. 2 and Bella Brunjalfron/Heather Marcus at No. 3 won their doubles matches in straight sets for MACCRAY.


(1) Eva Lamprecht, B, def. Amber Wieberdink 6-1, 6-0 (2) Jordan Gruendemann, B, def. Brooke Rambow 6-2, 6-1 (3) Chala Hoppe, B, def. Jenna Mersbergen 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 10-4 (4) Cassandra Hoppe, B, def. Kim Trulock 6-4, 6-3


(1) Mattea Eckstein/Daisha Meyer, B, def. Erica Bonnema/Rachel Davids 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 (2) Annie Sandry/Kaylee Christenson, M, def. Morgan Pastian/Mackenzie Winter 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 11-9 (3) Bella Brunjalfron/Heather Marcus, M, def. Katie Boie/Amanda Evens 6-1, 6-0