WILLMAR — In just their third match together as a doubles team, Willmar's Kylee Berget and Lizzie Eide were in for a doozy on Tuesday.

Hosting the St. Cloud Crush — the first year co-op between St. Cloud Tech and Apollo — for a Central Lakes Conference match on Tuesday, Berget and Eide were paired at No. 2 doubles.

St. Cloud emerged a 4-3 victor, handing Willmar (4-1 CLC) its first conference loss of the year. But Berget and Eide were able to end the meet on a high note with a three-set victory against St. Cloud’s Abby Broh and Isabella Anderson, 7-5, 4-6, 6-9 (10-8).

“It was a little difficult at times,” Eide said.

“Very nerve-wracking,” Berget chimed in.

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Down 5-4 in the final set, Eide and Berget fought back to take a 6-5 lead before the Crush combo tied it at 6-all, forcing the tiebreaker.

“We were trying to slow down their serves and just get a racket on it,” Eide said.

Said Berget, “They made us run a lot, (going) corner to corner).”

Willmar's Caroline Becker chases down the ball at No. 3 singles during a Central Lakes Conference match against St. Cloud at Willmar High School. 

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Willmar's Caroline Becker chases down the ball at No. 3 singles during a Central Lakes Conference match against St. Cloud at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Broh and Anderson held an 8-7 edge before Eide and Berget scored the next three points to cement the doubles victory. After an exhaustive tiebreaker, the Willmar pair let out a loud scream to celebrate the Cardinals’ lone doubles win.

“It was definitely a heck of an accomplishment,” Berget said of the win. “It was great.”

The 2021 season is the first that Eide and Berget have been paired together. Berget saw time at doubles in 2020 while Eide played singles.

“It’s been a little bit of an adjustment trying to go from a different partner to the next,” Berget said.

“Going to doubles was an adjustment,” Eide added, “but we just click.

Willmar split singles play with St. Cloud, with Caroline Becker and Adali Laidlaw securing wins for the Cardinals. Becker won at No. 3 over Olivia Bavely, 6-3, 6-0. Then at No. 4, Laidlaw emerged a 6-4, 6-2, winner against Brooke Willong.

In No. 2 singles, the Cardinals’ Allie Bruhn and the Crush’s Ella Marohl went three sets. Bruhn pushed the match to a third set, where Marohl locked up St. Cloud’s team win, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“It hurt,” Willmar head coach Amy Morrell said. “We had our chances, but that’s how it goes.

“I’m proud of the girls. We’ll get ‘em next time.”

On Thursday, the Cardinals will host CLC-leading Brainerd for a 4:30 p.m. match.

Willmar's Kylee Berget puts up a serve during No. 2 doubles with teammate Lizzie Eide during a Central Lakes Conference match on Tuesday at Willmar High School. 

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Willmar's Kylee Berget puts up a serve during No. 2 doubles with teammate Lizzie Eide during a Central Lakes Conference match on Tuesday at Willmar High School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

St. Cloud 4, Willmar 3

Singles
(1) Paige Tarrolly, SC, def Kessa Mara 6-3, 6-1 … (2) Ella Marohl, SC, def Allie Bruhn 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 … (3) Caroline Becker, W, def Olivia Baverly 6-3, 6-0 … (4) Adali Laidlaw, W, def Brooke Wilfong 6-4, 6-2
Doubles
(1) Kylie Starren/Anna Miller, SC, def Alise Staebell/Ashlie Staebell 7-5, 6-2 … (2) Kylee Berget/Lizzie Eide, W, def Abby Brown/Isabella Anderson 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8) … (3) Ashley Verant/Carley Daudson, SC, Emmie Larson/Heidi Kath 6-0, 6-2

NLS 6, Hutchinson 1

With a sweep of doubles, New London-Spicer was able to clinch a Wright County Conference road win over Hutchinson.

At No. 2 doubles, the Wildcats’ Kamryn Quenemoen and Sadie Hatlestad responded after a tight second-set loss to beat the Tigers’ Stella Docken and Avery Watzke, 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3.

Singles
(1) Mya Mayhew, NLS, def Ellie Peterson 6-2, 6-3 … (2) Claire Schweim, H, def Brooke Adelman 7-5, 6-2 … (3) Avery Dierenfeld, NLS, def Kylie Lindersmith 6-4, 6-0 … (4) Emily Ruter, NLS, def Audrey Hanson 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
Doubles
(1) Izzy Schmiesing/Delaney Hanson, NLS, def Erick Eckhart/Lauren Nelson 6-3, 6-2 … (2) Kamryn Quenemoen/Sadie Hatlestad, NLS, def Stella Docken/Avery Watzke 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-3 … (3) Jordan Proehl/Eva Schueler, NLS, def Morgan Briggman/Jolynn Havan 7-6 (4), 6-2

Minnewaska 7, MACCRAY 0

Minnewaska defended its home court successfully with a sweep over MACCRAY in West Central Conference play at Glenwood.

At No. 3 singles, the Lakers’ Leah Hagen came back from a first-set loss to defeat the Wolverines’ Malinda Peterson, 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. Minnewaska was able to get a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles.

Singles
(1) Alissa Thorfinnson, Min, def Tayte Nokleby 6-0, 6-1 … (2) Addy Randt, Min, def Hannah DeLong 6-2, 6-0 … (3) Leah Hagen, Min, def Malinda Peterson 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 … (4) Avarie Uhde, Min, def Alex Dirksen 6-1, 6-2
Doubles
(1) Maddie Thorfinnson/Olivia Richards, Min, def Ericka Pieper/Greta Meyer 6-1, 6-0 … (2) Sydney Dahl/Megan Thorfinnson, Min, def Makenna Burnette/Anna Janssen 6-0, 6-0 … (3) Alia Randt/Grace Jense, Min, def Rachel Seehusen/Mia Shubert 6-0, 6-0

LQPV/D-B 7, YME 0

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd swept Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

“It was our second-best match of the year,” said YME head coach Jeff Lalim, who noted that her team won 22 games. “We’re young and they’re young. Of the 20 girls playing, there was one senior tonight.

“These girls will be seeing each other for a long time.”

The match of the evening was at No. 3 singles. Kayla Jahn beat YME’s Hope Foy 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Both are ninth-graders.

YME plays Thursday at Morris/Chokio-Alberta. LQPV/D-B plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Montevideo.

Singles
(1) Katelyn Wittnebel, LQPV, def. Hope Stark 6-2, 6-0 … (2) Hannah Oie, LQPV, def. Kyra Kvam 6-0 6-2 … (3) Kayla Jahn, LQPV, def. Hope Foy 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 … (4) Sadie Hacker, LQPV, def. Abigail Jimenez 6-3, 6-0
Doubles
(1) Sarah Halvorson/Claire Lowry, LQPV, def. Katelyn Luepke/Emma Keller 6-2, 6-0 ... (2) Kali Bormann/Gertie Sieg, LQPV, def. Reagan Streich/Breea Johnson 6-1, 6-1 … (3) Tayler Jurgenson/Elsie Wiebe, LQPV, def. Annelise Jahn/Sarana West 6-1, 6-1.