WOODBURY — With some important matches on the horizon next week, the Stillwater girls’ tennis team dispatched East Ridge 5-2 in Thursday’s Suburban East Conference dual meet at East Ridge High School.
The Ponies (3-0 SEC, 5-1) join Hastings, which knocked off perennial conference heavyweight Mounds View 4-3 on Thursday, remain the only unbeaten teams in league play.
“There is a lot of parity in the conference this year — it would be nice to have a couple of easy ones,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “Hastings had a big win against Mounds View (on Thursday) and we see them next Thursday so that is shaping up to be a big, big conference match.”
Mounds View, Roseville and Forest Lake each have one conference loss. The Ponies will also play a nonconference match on Monday against Mahtomedi, which defeated Stillwater in the Section 4AA finals a year ago.
Stillwater swept four singles matches against the Raptors on Thursday and also picked up a victory at third doubles. The Ponies lost a total of just four games at the first three singles positions and Jenna Sherrick added a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Minh-Tu Van at fourth singles.
Natalie Phippen defeated Maddie Blake 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Savannah Johnson blanked Natalie Curdova 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Aliza Deming also made quick work of Nicole Robinson at third singles while posting a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
Maggie Corman and Jackie Ellingson defeated Megan Karrow and Hannah Jacobs 6-0, 6-3 at the third spot to provide Stillwater its only doubles point. Hannah Quinn and Robbie Ellingson fell in three sets to East Ridge’s Anna Bearrood and Regan Dolezal at second doubles.
“East Ridge has a nice squad this year, so this was a good victory for us,” Kahl said. “Singles once again played really well to lead the way. We lost a couple of close matches at first and second doubles, but had a strong showing at third doubles and all the exhibition matches.”
n Stillwater swept four exhibition matches on Thursday, including a 6-1 singles victory by Clara Ilkka. Emily Frenchik teamed with Amanda Williams (6-1, 6-0) and Emma Germundson (6-0) to post doubles victories for the Ponies while Remi Larson and Elizabeth Quinn also turned in a 7-6 (7-2) doubles triumph.
Stillwater 5, East Ridge 2
No. 1 — Natalie Phippen (St) def. Maddie Blake, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 — Savannah Johnson (St) def. Natalie Curdova, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Aliza Deming (St) def. Nicole Robinson, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 — Jenna Sherrick (St) def. Minh-Tu Van, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
No. 1 — Taylor Anderson-Natalie Robinson (ER) def. Shelby Ahrendt-Shelby Anderson, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 — Anna Bearrood-Regan Dolezal (ER) def. Hannah Quinn-Robbie Ellingson, 7-5, 2-6, (10-6).
No. 3 — Maggie Corman-Jackie Ellingson (St) def. Megan Karrow-Hannah Jacobs, 6-0, 6-3.