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Girls Tennis: Cards reach semifinals in 8AA South

SARTELL -- The Willmar Cardinals tennis team swept a regular-season match against Sartell this season and head coach Jim Anderson told his team the Section 8AA playoffs were no time to give the Sabres any hope that their second match would be any different.

The Cardinals didn't disappoint, winning 7-0 in the first round of the section's South subsection playoffs on Thursday at Gold's Gym.

"The girls prepared well to play these guys, they got in there and took care of business," Anderson said. "You don't want to let a team you've already beaten 7-0 to hang around too long and maybe make it a match. The girls played very well."

The Cardinals, the South's No. 2 seed, are 14-5 overall and move on to play either Monticello or Rocori in the second round at 11 a.m. Saturday in Sartell.

Anderson said the Cardinals are ready for the challenge.

"Sometimes teams peak early but I think our girls have their best tennis left to play," Anderson said. "That's a nice position to be in when you're heading into the playoffs."

Willmar 7, Sartell 0


(1) Gabbie Bierbaum, W, def. Emma Mitzel 6-0 6-1 (2) Cayle Hovland, W, def. Kiana Schuchard 6-0 6-2 (3) Bailey Hovland, W, def. Haley Klundt 6-0 6-0 (4) Hannah Hanson, W, def. Janessa Engelmeyer 6-0 6-0


(1) Heather Horning/Kassy Linbo, W, def. Brooke Radi/Izzy Plaine 2-6 6-3 10-8 (2) Waverly Slette/ Leah Ramon, W, def. Katherine Muntifering/Makayla Whittmer-George 6-1 6-0 (3) Tayva Vollan/Megan Andreson, W, def. Anna Poplinski/Megan Lien 6-2 6-3

Section 3A

Red. Valley 4, YME 3

Collecting points for YME in the quarterfinal-round match was Danielle Clarke (No. 2) and Leah Gluth (No. 4) in singles and the 1-doubles duo of Jordan Trotter and Britanna Raddatz.


(1) Abby Schmidt, R, def. Jordan Glad 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) (2) Danielle Clarke, Y, def. Abi Einck 6-2, 6-1 (3) Ahnna Malecek, R, def. Rachel Christensen 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 (4) Leah Gluth, Y, def. Carly Grannes 6-1, 6-1


(1) Jordan Trotter/Britanna Raddatz, Y, def. Callie Hansen/Madison Tholkes 6-3, 6-1 (2) Alex Erie/Alyssa Lueck, R, def. Allie Trudel/Anna Posch 6-2, 6-4 (3) Rebecca Einck/Mackenzie Jeseritz, R, def. Keaunna Hammer/Sandy Bartels 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Section 5A

Annadale 7, Litchfield 0

One day after winning the play-in match, Litchfield was eliminated in the quarterfinals.


(1) Kaytlin Kuefler, A, def. Kalley Spreiter 6-1, 6-1 (2) Kelly Mendel, A, def. Lauren Knisley 6-3, 6-2 (3) Hannah Lisson, A, def. Krista Miller 6-0, 6-1 (4) Sarah Grimm, A, def. Ali McGraw 6-2, 6-3


(1) Tasha Laudenbach/Lexie Arlt, A, def. Kennedy Sommerfeld/Emily Smith 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) (2) Anna Zahler/Sara Laudenbach, A, def. Lexi Desens/April Anderson 6-3, 6-4 (3) Emily Combs/Lisa Neumann, A, def. Grace Spanos/Kate Schumann 6-1, 6-1

Late result Wednesday

Section 5A

Glencoe-SL 5, MACCRAY 2


(1) Michaela Boesche, G, def. Amber Wieberdink 6-0, 6-0 (2) Kelly Arnold, G, def. Brooke Rambow 6-1, 6-1 (3) Kelly Berneke, G, def. Jenna Mersbergen 6-1, 6-0 (4) Kim Trulock, M, def. Piper Davis 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-5


(1) Rachel Rusten/Lindsay Wedin, G, def. Erica Bonnema/Rachel Davids 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 (2) Annie Sandry/Kaylee Christenson, M, def. Callie Raduenz/Chantelle Wolff 6-3, 6-4 (3) Mariah Exsted/Laura Becker, G, def. Heather Marcus/Belle Brynjulfson 6-1, 6-4