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Girls tennis roundup: After loss, Cards get second shot at Eagles

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar senior Hannah Hansen is on the way to victory in the first set at 1-singles in the Cardinals’ final regular-season match against St. Cloud Apollo/Cathedral on Tuesday at Willmar High School. The Cardinals lost 5-2. Apollo/Cathedral and Willmar meet again on Friday morning in Sartell to launch postseason play. See story on Page B3.

WILLMAR — St. Cloud Apollo/Cathedral swept doubles and picked up points at 3- and 4-single to beat the Willmar Cardinals 5-2 on Tuesday in the season finale.

The same two teams will meet again in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs at 10 a.m. on Friday in Sartell at the Fitness Center, formerly Gold’s Gym. The Eagles are the No. 4 seed in Willmar No. 5 in the South. The winner would advance to most likely play No. 1N St. Cloud Tech at 4:30 p.m.

Cayle Hovland and Hannah Hansen posted convincing wins at 1- and 2-singles for the Cardinals.

“They both played exceptionally well,’’ said coach Jim Anderson.

Willmar ends the regular season 3-8 in the CLC and 6-12 overall.

St. Cloud Apollo 5,

Willmar 2


(1) Cayle Hovland, W, def Katie Ford 6-1, 6-0 (2) Hannah Hansen, W, def Megan Brennan 6-0, 6-2 (3) Ericka Barthalemy, A, def Bailey Hovland 6-2, 6-2 (4) Beauty Flowers, A, def Kayln Kopecek 6-2, 6-4


 Sarah Schmitz/Lauren Stang, A, def Amelia Amon/Claire Schmitz 6-0, 6-2 (2) Natalie Otto/Claire Miller, A, def Erica Ellingson/Kaylee Chester 6-2, 6-3 (3)Ashley Gregerson/Autumn Shiel, A, def Sydney Fischer/Bergen Vollan 6-1, 6-2


Melrose 7, BBE 0


(1) Grace Brang, M, def Mackenzie Winter 6-2, 6-0 (2) Elisha Engelmeyer, M, def Sierra Wohlman 6-1, 6-0 (3) 6-1, 6-0 (4) Jailyn Brinkman, M, def Erin Rooney 6-1, 6-0 (4) Becky Klaphake, M, won forfeit


Madi Rausch/Kenedy Meyer, M, def Mattea Eckstein/Daisha Meyer 6-3, 6-1 (2) Kelly Kennedy/Sheila Poepping 6-2, 6-1 (3) Mady Brinkman/Madi Worms, M, def Katie Boie/Sonja Carson 6-0, 6-2

Late Monday


Minnewaska 7,

St. John’s Prep 0


(1) Ellen Stensrud, M, def. Ashley Lench 6-1, 6-3 (2) Jada Hoffman, M, def. Auna Wolf 6-0, 6-0 (3) Hannah Freske, M, def. Sydney Lo 6-2, 6-0 (4) Myranda Thoen, M, def. Alivia Tachney 6-0, 6-0


(1) Rachel Riley/MaKenna Hanson, M, def. Emily Jolkovsky/Sailing Zhang 6-0, 6-0 (2) Joelle Thorfinnson/Annika Pederson, M, def. Annie Ellis/Regan Mies 6-0, 6-0 (3) Karissa LaMont/Emily Haus, M, def. Rachel Klosterman/Gabrielle Martone 6-4, 3-6, 10-7