Girls tennis: Ponies improve to 4-0 in conference play

Gazette photo by Stuart Groskreutz
Senior Natalie Phippen sends a backhand over the net while competing at first singles for the Stillwater girls’ tennis team in Tuesday’s victory over Park at Stillwater Area High School.

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — With a showdown looming on Thursday against fellow Suburban East Conference unbeaten Hastings, the Stillwater girls’ tennis team adjusted the lineup somewhat on Tuesday while posting a 7-0 victory over Park at Stillwater Area High School.

The Ponies (4-0 SEC, 7-1) did not drop a set and lost more than three games in just one of the seven matches while running their win streak to seven in a row.

“It was nice to keep things rolling,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “We put together a different lineup and the girls responded really well.”

Natalie Phippen continued her strong play with a victory at first singles while Shelby Anderson, Hannah Quinn and Robbie Ellingson completed the singles sweep. Savannah Johnson and Aliza Deming, who are usually found in the singles lineup, posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory at first doubles while Shelby Ahrendt and Amanda Williams lost just one game in a victory at the second spot. Emma Germundson and Jackie Ellingson also had little trouble in a 6-2, 6-0 win at third doubles.

n Stillwater also won three exhibitions matches on Tuesday, including an 8-0 singles win for Elizabeth Quinn and doubles victories by Maggie Corman-Remi Larson (8-1) and Clara Ilkka-Emily Frenchik (8-0).


Stillwater 7, Park 0


No. 1 — Natalie Phippen (St) def. Nina Riesselman, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 2 — Shelby Anderson (St) def. A.J. Hoidahl, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 — Hannah Quinn (St) def. Carlyn Lindstrom, 6-4, 6-2.

No. 4 — Robbie Ellingson (St) def. Carley Zwaschka, 6-0, 6-1.


No. 1 — Savannah Johnson-Aliza Deming (St) def. Mallorie Briggs-Danielle Myer, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 — Shelby Ahrendt-Amanda Williams (St) def. Sam Flack-Molly Swanson, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 — Emma Germundson-Jackie Ellingson (St) def. Eliz MaGee-Reina Lippert, 6-2, 6-0.