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Girls Tennis: NLS wins twice at Willmar Tri

New London-Spicer’s Wally Gustafson eyes an overhead return watched by playing partner Louise Lungstrom during their 1-doubles match with Willmar’s Caroline Bell and Bergen Vollan Thursday at the Willmar Triangular. The NLS duo won 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

WILLMAR — New London-Spicer edged Hutchinson 4-3 before downing Willmar 6-1 Thursday at a triangular that Willmar hosted to open its season.

The Wildcats improved to 3-1 on the season while a young Willmar squad won just two matches on the day, both by Hannah Hansen, one of only four seniors on the team.

Hansen didn’t lose a game in her first match of the season playing Hutchinson’s Emma Johnson and won another straight-set dual over MacKenzie Loftness of New London-Spicer.

Both wins came at 3-singles.

Five of the Wildcats’ six wins against Willmar came in straight sets.

The only three-setter went the Wildcats’ way as Wally Gustafson and Louise Lungstrom outlasted the Willmar duo of Caroline Bell and Bergen Vollan 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 at 1-doubles.

Lisa Dobbelaere toppled Cayle Hovland 6-2, 6-1 in the 1-singles match. Dobbelaere won 6-0, 6-0 in her first match of the morning.

Also going 2-0 on the day for NLS was Taylor Bengston at 4-singles and Megan Holme/Anna Cook at 3-doubles. Holme/Cook won a three-setter in the Hutchinson dual to give NLS the winning point.

Willmar is at the Litchfield Triangular on Monday and NLS is off until Tuesday when it plays at Delano in a Wright County Conference match.

NLS 4, Hutchinson 3


(1) Lisa Dobbelaere, N, def. Ellysa Hoversten 6-0, 6-0 (2) Tayla Card, H, def. Abby Nelson 6-1, 6-3 (3) MacKenzie Loftness, N, def. Ellie Larson 6-2, 6-4 (4) Taylor Bengston, N, def. Emma Johnson 7-6 (7-2), 6-2


(1) Allison Neubarth/Hannah Stark, H, def. Wally Gustafson/Louise Lungstrom 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) (2) Katelyn Koening/Olivia Watzke, H, def. Reiley Ness/Kyle Soine 6-2, 7-5 (3) Megan Holme/Anna Cook, N, def. Abbie Nistler/Erin Westlund 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4

Hutchinson 6, Willmar 1


(1) Tayla Card, H, def. Cayle Hovland 6-1, 6-2 (2) Ellyssa Hoversten, H, def. Bailey Hovland 6-1, 7-5 (3) Hannah Hansen, W, def. Emma Johnson 6-0, 6-0 (4) Ellie Larson, H, def. Amelia Amon 6-2, 6-4


(1) Allison Neubarth/Hannah Starke, H, def. Caroline Bell/Bergen Vollan 6-2, 6-0 (2) Katelyn Koenig/Olivia Watzke, H, def. Erica Ellingson/Claire Schmitz 6-2, 6-0 (3) Chelsea Reiten/Sam Hantage, H, def. Kayln Kopecek/Sydney Fischer 6-3, 6-1

NLS 6, Willmar 1


(1) Lisa Dobbelaere, N, def. Cayle Hovland 6-2, 6-1 (2) Abby Nelson, N, def. Bailey Hovland 6-4, 7-5 (3) Hannah Hansen, W, def. MacKenzie Loftness 6-1, 6-2 (4) Taylor Bengtson, N, def. Amelia Amon 6-1, 6-1


(1) Wally Gustafson/Louise Lungstrom, N, def. Caroline Bell/Bergen Vollan 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 (2) Reiley Ness/Kylie Soine, N, def. Erica Ellingson/Claire Schmitz 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 (3) Megan Holme/Anna Cook, N, def. Kayln Kopecek/Sydney Fischer 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)