MINNEAPOLIS—Willmar's Cayle Hovland and three Litchfield players earned places as the Minnesota state individual tennis tournament wrapped up on Friday.
Hovland earned a fifth-place finish in the Class AA tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Eagan's Lauren Ferg at the University of Minnesota's Baseline Club.
Hovland advanced to the consolation final with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mahtomedi's Alexi Harrod in Friday's semifinals.
Hovland won three matches at state, with the only loss coming against Class AA state champion, Edina's Nicole Copeland, in the first round.
"Cayle played the best tennis of her high school career at the state tournament," said Willmar head coach Jim Anderson. "She lost her only match to the eventual state champion (Copeland), and in the next three matches she dominated her opponents by slicing and dicing, chipping and charging, then finishing with strong net play."
After losing in the opening round on Thursday, Hovland lost just seven games in her final three matches.
"What a cool way to finish a sport as a senior, winning the last match that you played," Anderson said. "Cayle is a coach's dream: self motivated, plays with energy and passion, and never says never."
In Class A, Litchfield's Avery Stilwell and Shanna Kinny defeated The Blake School's Abbie Nelson and Sophie Skallerud 6-1, 6-1 in the A third-place match at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center.
Earlier in the day, Stilwell and Kinny lost to Rochester Lourdes' Clare Palen and Natalie Allison in the AA semifinals.
Their Dragons teammate Elise Bierbaum won the Class A consolation championship, downing Roseau's Jodi Ostroski 6-3, 6-3. Bierbaum advanced to the consolation final with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Park Rapids' Natalie Kinke in the consolation semifinals.
Ridgewater 3, Riverland 1
The Ridgewater volleyball team inched closer to a MCAC Southern Division championship and a Region 13A playoff home match with a four-set win over Riverland on Friday in Austin.
The Warriors are 11-2 in the division. St. Cloud Technical entered the weekend 11-3 in the division.
Ridgewater lost the first set on Friday but rebounded to close out the match in four sets.
From the beginning of the match, our cylinders were not firing. As the match progressed, those cylinders fired, but not in sync," said Warriors head coach Joe Sussenguth. "When the middle of the fourth set progressed, we started to see some semblance of balanced play within all aspects."
Cami Sletta was a force, finishing the match with 12 kills and five ace serves.
Kiana Johnson led the Warriors with 13 kills and she served an ace. Setter Jessica Lemke had 31 set assists and Sarah Sulflow had 17 assists.
Heidi Sellmann had nine kills, served two aces and two solo blocks, and Katelyn Dingmann and Brennah Bergh both had seven kills. Jamie Goblirsch had 29 digs.
"To get a road win, as challenged as we found ourselves at times, counts just the same," Sussenguth said. "Teams that can win in different ways, when things aren't working in sync or when they aren't performing as well, tells me that we are still competing."
The Warriors close out the regular season at Rochester today. The Region 13A playoff start next week.
Ridgewater (11-2, 21-7) 22 25 25 25
Riverland (4-10, 4-21) 25 18 20 17
Serving (aces): Jamie Goblirsch 1, Heidi Sellmann 2, Kiana Johnson 1, Cami Sletta 5 ... Set assists: Sarah Sulflow 17, Jessica Lemke 31 ... Hitting (kills): Sulflow 1, Sellmann 9, Katelyn Dingmann 7, Brennah Bergh 7, Johnson 13, Sletta 12, Kallee Anderson 5 ... Blocking (aces): Sellmann 2, Dingmann 1 ... Digs (5 or more): Goblirsch 29, Sadie Pingel 8, Lemke 9, Johnson 8
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Willmar 5, Wisconsin 1
The shots were flying as the Willmar WarHawks rallied from a 1-0 deficit through the first period to beat up on hosts Wisconsin Whalers Friday night.
Zach Martin netted a pair of goals, including the tying goal just 4:57 into the second period, to help guide the WarHawks to their second win in as many games. The WarHawks finished the game with a 45-41 advantage in shots.
Goaltender Luke Fry settled in after allowing the first period goal to Dan Lienemann, stopping 40 of the 41 shots he faced in his fourth straight start.
"We were flat as a pancake in the first period," Willmar head coach Chris Blaisuis said. "We definitely had some heavy busy legs in the opening period but Luke Fry kept us in it. He played out of his mind in the first two periods."
Jacob Berkowitz finished with a goal and a pair of assists to continue his breakout season and Jordan Cooper and Cameron Pries each finished with a goal and assist apiece as the visitors tallied three goals in the final period for the 5-1 victory.
"I think we finally got our legs," Blaisuis said. "In the third period the guys had a little more jump and they were a little more crisp. We accomplished what we wanted." .
Defenseman Andrew Gilbert earned his first point of the season with an assist to Cooper's third period goal and Sam Voss tallied his first career junior hockey point with an assist in Martin's second goal. Berkowitz and Martin scored within 1:30 of each other in the final three minutes to distance Willmar from its hosts.
Willmar 0 2 3 — 5
Wisconsin 1 0 0 — 1
FIRST PERIOD — Wisconsin: Dan Lienemann (Carter Grobstick, Nick Rogers) 14:56
SECOND PERIOD — Willmar: Zach Martin (Max Oelkers, Jacob Berkowitz) 4:57 ... Willmar: Cameron Pries (Riley Dixon, Berkowitz) 11:52
THIRD PERIOD — Willmar: Jordan Cooper (Andrew Gilbert, Braden Shea) PP 12:38 ... Willmar: Jacob Berkowitz (Pries, Wyatt Toll) 17:28 ... Willmar: Martin (Cooper, Sam Voss) 18:58
GOALIE SAVES — Willmar: Luke Fry 40 ... Wisconsin: Alex Hufford 40
WCC winds up today
Willmar, New London-Spicer and the rest of the West Central Conference bowling teams wrap up their regular season today in Alexandria.
Willmar and NLS are currently tied for second behind conference-leader Alexandria.
Alexandria is 10-3 and the Cardinals and Wildcats are both 8-5. Benson is fourth at 7-6, Yellow Medicine East is fifth at 6-7 and Ortonville is sixth at 0-13.
Last week, Alexandria and Willmar both went 1-2. Willmar lost to NLS and Benson, both by 3-2. The Cardinals defeated Ortonville 5-0.
The conference playoffs are Nov. 4 in Alexandria. The first- and second-place teams earn first-round byes in the single-elimination competition.
Golden Gloves opens Nov. 1
Willmar Golden Gloves Boxing practice begins Nov. 1 and continues through April 2018.
Conditioning and training is each Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Willmar City Auditorium. Ages 8 and older are welcome.
A parental consent form and a $75 registration is required, as are two head shot photographs and a copy of a birth certificate. Equipment required are athletic shoes, mouthpieces and workout clothes.
For more information, contact Kirk Davis at (320) 979-2639 or (320) 235-9540.