Section 3A Quarterfinals
Redwood Valley 4, YME 3
Yellow Medicine East head tennis coach Steve Barber knew Thursday’s Section 3A Quarterfinal match against No. 2 seeded Redwood Valley, in Redwood, would be close and he knew it would also say a lot about how his young team has improved this season.
In an earlier match this season, before YME (the seven seed in the Section tournament) had settled their lineup, Redwood won by just a 5-2 margin. For Thursday’s match, the Sting won a total of 72 games, while Redwood Valley won just 64. The Sting dominated at No. 2 and No. 4 singles and had a decisive victory at No. 1 doubles.
But still, YME’s Section 3A Team Tournament run would end Thursday with a 4-3 loss to the Cardinals.
Three of the four matches YME would concede went to three sets, two to tie-breakers.
Said Barber, “We improved a lot from our prior meeting against Redwood... This time we jumped ahead 3-1 by winning three points in decisive wins by Danielle Clark and Leah Gluth in singles and a convincing win by Jordan Trotter and Britanna Raddatz at first doubles. When you add the total games won we had 72 and they had 64. Usually the team with the most games wins the match, so it was really close. It really could have gone either way.”
Unfortunately, Thursday, the coin fell Redwood’s way and YME’s season ended, while the Cardinals went on to face Luverne.
Against Luverne, Redwoods luck would run out, however, as Luverne earned the right to move on to face eventual (and traditional) Section Champion—St. James.
The Sting now prepare for Section Individuals this Thursday in Redwood Falls. Seeding will take place that day at the tournament site at 9:00 a.m. Early round matches are set to begin at 10:30.
When asked what his team will take away from these post-season tournaments, Baber said, “We really improved the last half of the season. The longer you play in post season the more you are ready for the next year. That’s what it's all about. Getting better.”
(1) Abby Schmidt, R, def. Jordan Glad 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) (2) Danielle Clarke, YME, def. Abi Einck 6-2, 6-1 (3) Ahnna Malecek, R, def. Rachel Christensen 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 (4) Leah Gluth, YME, def. Carly Grannes 6-1, 6-1
(1) Jordan Trotter/Britanna Raddatz, YME, def. Callie Hansen/Madison Tholkes 6-3, 6-1 (2) Alex Erie/Alyssa Lueck, R, def. Allie Trudel/Anna Posch 6-2, 6-4 (3) Rebecca Einck/Mackenzie Jeseritz, R, def. Keaunna Hammer/Sandy Bartels 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
West Central Conference Tournament
Page 2 of 2 - Minnewaska’s Ellen Stensrud won the 1-singles championship at the West Central Conference Tournament on Saturday.
Stensrud downed Catherine Haugen of Montevideo 7-5 6-4 to claim the title.
For the Sting: Leah Gluth captured second place at No. 4 singles, Allie Trudel and Anna Posch took third place at No. 2 doubles, while Keaunna Hammer and Sandy Bartels tied for fifth place at No. 3 doubles and Danielle Clark nabbed a sixth place finish at No. 2 singles.
Minnewaska’s doubles team of Rachel Riley and MaKenna Hanson won the 1-doubles championship,
WCC Individual Tournament
(1) Ellen Stensrud, Mwska, 3-0 (champion); Darcey Aronson, Morris/CA, 0-2; Kelly Saunders, Benson, 1-2 (fourth place); Catherine Haugen, Montevideo, 2-1 (second place); Jordan Glad, YME, 0-2; Kylie Jahn, LqPV, 1-2 (sixth place)
(2) Amber Borstad, LqPV, 0-2; Jada Hoffman, Mwska, 2-1 (third place); Abbie Olson, MCA, 2-1 (fifth place); Sierra Frazier, Mont, 2-1 (second place); Danielle Clark, YME, 1-2 (sixth place); Bridget Auch, Ben., 0-2
(3) Kamryn Siedschlag, LqPV, 0-2; Kailey Maroney, Mont., 1-1 (tied fifth place); Maggie Buyck, Ben., 2-1 (third place); Hannah Freske, Mwska, 2-1 (second place); Rachel Christensen, YME, 0-2; Megan Wagner, MCA, 1-1 (tied fifth place)
(4) Sierra Koepp, LqPV, 0-2; Shelbey Marthaler, MCA, 1-1; Raquel Curriel, Ben., 1-2 (fourth place); Karissa LaMont, Mwska, 0-1; Christina Lipinski, Mont, 0-1; Leah Gluth, YME, 2-1 (second place)
(1) Anna Dvorak/Mary Savoy, LqPV, 0-2; Rose Reinert/Lyndsey Moe, Mont., 1-2 (sixth place); Melanie Reese/Kelsey Rajewsky, Ben.,1-2 (fourth place); Jordan Trotter/Britanna Raddatz, YME 2-1 (fifth place); Kjersa Anderson/Carly Gullickson, MCA, 0-2; Rachel Riley/MaKenna Hanson, Mwska, 3-0 (champions)
(2) Froya Olson/Morgan Reidinger, Mont., 3-0 (champions); Frank/Karissa Jahn, LqPV, 0-2; Kendra Dingman/Megan Vergin, Ben.,1-1 (tied fifth place); Allie Trudel/Anna Posch, YME, 2-1 (third place); Kaitlin Vogel/Kindra Cannon, MCA, 1-1 (tied fifth place); Annika Peterson/Sarah Freske, Mwska, 1-2 (fourth place)
(3) Katie Samuelson/Kellie Enderson, Ben., 0-2; Joelle Thorfinnson/Miranda Thoen, Mwska, 1-2 (fourth place); Keaunna Hammer/Sandy Bartels, YME, 1-1 (tied fifth place); Paige Jorgenson/Mikaela Erickson, Mont., 2-1 (second place) Elizabeth Schneider/Emily Moser, MCA 1-1 (tied fifth place); Molly Hacker/Courtney Hanson, LqPV, 0-2