MAHTOMEDI — It won’t make up for the loss in last year’s Section 4AA finals, but Stillwater’s 4-3 nonconference victory over Mahtomedi in blustery conditions on Monday is a positive sign that the Ponies should be in the running for a state bid this fall.
The Ponies (3-0 SEC, 6-1) won three of four singles matches and also notched a victory at third doubles to overcome the youthful Zephyrs, who have a seventh-grader and two eighth-graders in their singles lineup.
“Mahtomedi has a really talented young team,” Stillwater coach Dave Kahl said. “It was a fun match.”
Natalie Phippen posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory for the Ponies over Meera Damodaran at first singles, but the rest of the points did not come as easily. Playing at third singles, Aliza Deming rallied to defeat Erin Hoffman 6-7 (8-6), 6-2, 6-1 and Jenna Sherrick held off Emily Cooper 7-5, 7-5 at fourth singles.
Mahtomedi’s lone singles point came at the No. 2 spot where Olivia Paradise stopped Savannah Johnson 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
“Jenna won her first set and overcame an injury in the second to win a critical point for us,” Kahl said. “WE lost the first set at both second and third singles and rallied in the second to send them to three sets. Aliza then got our clinching point with a 6-1 third set and Savannah ended up dropping her third set in a terrific match against a strong opponent.”
The Zephyrs won in straight sets at first and second doubles, but Maggie Corman and Jackie Ellingson picked up a critical 6-4, 6-0 victory over Claire Belisle and Maddie Dougherty at No. 3 doubles.
n Stillwater also won two of three exhibition doubles matches on Monday. Amanda Williams and Emily Frenchik posted a 9-8 (9-7) victory while Emma Germundson and Clara Ilkka also prevailed by the score of 8-5 for the Ponies. Stillwater’s Remi Larson and Elizabeth Quinn dropped a 6-3 decision.
Stillwater 4, Mahtomedi 3
No. 1 — Natalie Phippen (St) def. Meera Damodaran, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 2 — Olivia Paradise (Mah) def. Savannah Johnson, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
No. 3 — Aliza Deming (St) def. Erin Hoffman, 6-7 (8-6), 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 — Jenna Sherrick (St) def. Emily Cooper, 7-5, 7-5.
No. 1 — Hannah Shands-Madison Fernandez (Mah) def. Shelby Ahrendt-Shelby Anderson, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 — Olivia Stutz-Michelle Pakonen (Mah) def. Hannah Quinn-Robbie Ellingson, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 3 — Maggie Corman-Jackie Ellingson (St) def. Claire Belisle-Maddie Dougherty, 6-4, 6-0.