SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Montevideo’s Emily Brace has advanced to the semifinals after playing two rounds of the Section 3A individual tournament Thursday.

Brace, the No. 2 seed, opened with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Abigail Jimenez of Yellow Medicine East. Brace then beat Madelyn Matthies of Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Brace will face Abbigail Athey of Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta/West Central Area in the semifinals on Tuesday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. Athey is the No. 2 seed and won two matches Thursday.

In doubles play, Montevideo, Lac qui Parle/Valley/Dawson-Boyd and Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg all had doubles teams advance to the semifinals by going 2-0 in Sioux Falls.

Montevideo seniors Tyra Sandven and Mathea Jorgenson are the top seed and beat Emma Keller and Reagan Streich from Yellow Medicine East 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and Benson/KMS’ Eleanor Habben and Bella Quisberg 6-2, 7-6 in the quarterfinals.

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LQPV/D-B’s Sarah Halvorson and Claire Lowry are the fourth seed and will play Montevideo’s Sandven and Jorgenson. Halvorson and Lowry beat MACCRAY’s Tayte Nokleby and Alex Dirksen 6-4, 6-3, then edged Kjersten Nibbe and Hope Sperr of Morris/Chokio-Alberta/West Central Area 7-6 (5), 6-2. Nibbe and Sperr were the fifth seed.

The Benson/KMS team of sophomore Elise Duncan and senior Hannah Helms won twice despite being the sixth seed, upsetting the third seed from Luverne, Olivia Wieneke and Kristin Rud 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2. Duncan and Helms beat Hannah Oie and Kayla Jahn of LQPV/D-B 6-2, 7-5 in the first round.

At stake are two singles spots and two doubles teams spots for the state Class A individual tournament Oct. 28-29 at the Reed-Sweatt Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

Section 3A

Individual Tournament

How Benson/KMS fared

Singles
(11) Milgo Abdi (0-1) … (12) Lily Miller (0-1)
Doubles
(1) Eleanor Habben/Bella Quisberg (1-1) … (6) Elise Duncan/Hannah Helms (2-0)

How LQPV/D-B fared

Singles
(4) Katelyn Wittnebel (1-1) … (1)) Madelyn Matthies (1-1)
Doubles
(4) Sarah Halvorson/Claire Lowry (2-0) … Hannah Oie/Kayla Jahn (0-1)

How MACCRAY fared

Singles
(14) Hannah DeLong (0-1) … (16) Malinda Peterson (0-1)
Doubles
(13) Tayte Nokleby/Alexandra Dirksen (0-1) … (16) Mackenna Burnett/Greta Meyer (0-1)



How Montevideo fared

Singles
(2) Emily Brace (2-0) … (8) Cameron Myers (1-1)
Doubles
(1) Tyra Sandven/Mathea Jorgenson (2-0) … (14) Brooke Hilden/Annie Marquardt (0-1)

How YME fared

Singles
(9) Kyra Kvam (0-1) … (15) Abigail Jimenz (0-1)
Doubles
(10) Hope Stark/Hope Foley (0-1) … (16) Emma Keller/Reagan Streich (0-1)