Girls tennis: Ponies breeze to victory over Simley


OAK PARK HEIGHTS — It’s final tune-up before opening conference play, the Stillwater girls’ tennis team blanked Simley 7-0 in Tuesday’s nonconference dual meet at Stillwater Area High School.

The Ponies (2-1) who host Forest Lake in a Suburban East Conference match on Thursday, won in straight sets at six of seven spots and Savannah Johnson pulled out a tight match at second singles to complete the sweep.

Johnson bounced back after dropping the first set to pull out a 5-7, 6-4, (11-9) victory over Annika Iverson. It was an easier afternoon at first singles for Natalie Phippen, who did not lose a game while dispatching Taylor Short 6-0, 6-0.

Robbie Ellingson cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Mackenzie Miller at third singles and Hannah Quinn followed with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Olivia Rud at the fourth spot.

“It was a nice sweep,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “The match of the day clearly was second singles where Savannah battled to a super tie-breaker victory for the third set.”

Stillwater also breezed through Simley’s doubles lineup while losing just six games combined in three matches, starting with Shelby Ahrendt and Shelby Anderson defeating Jenna Casura and Britta Iverson 6-0, 6-2 at the first spot.

Maggie Corman and Jackie Ellingson posted a 6-0, 6-1 victory for the Ponies at second doubles while Remi Larson and Amanda Williams won by the score 6-3, 6-0 at third doubles.

n Stillwater singles players Clara Ilkka, Elizabeth Quinn and Jenna Sherrick each posted 6-1 exhibition singles victories over Juliana Malyshev of Simley.


Stillwater 7, Simley 0


No. 1 — Natalie Phippen (St) def. Taylor Short, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 — Savannah Johnson (St) def. Annika Iverson, 5-7, 6-4, (11-9).

No. 3 — Robbie Ellingson (St) def. Mackenzie Miller, 6-1, 6-0.

No. 4 — Hannah Quinn (St) def. Olivia Rud, 6-0, 6-1.



No. 1 — Shelby Ahrendt-Shelby Anderson (St) def. Jenna Casura-Britta Iverson, 6-0, 6-2.

No. 2 — Maggie Corman-Jackie Ellingson (St) def. Meaghan Sadlovsky-Sam Pedelty, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 — Remi Larson-Amanda Williams (St) def. Courtney Renner-Anne Hawe, 6-3, 6-0.