ST. PAUL — The Stillwater girls’ tennis team clinched at least a share of the Suburban East Conference championship with Tuesday’s 6-1 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall.
The Ponies (8-0 SEC, 11-1) can clinch the league title outright with a victory when they host perennial conference contender Mounds View on Thursday. This marks Stillwater’s first conference championship since 2007 and just the second since 2000. The Ponies have won 10 straight matches since falling to Centennial on Aug. 27.
“It was a nice team performance against another good, solid conference opponent,” Stillwater coach Dave Kahl said. “Now we can try to avoid sharing the conference crown with Mounds View if we can win that match on Thursday.”
Stillwater did not lose a set in four singles matches and also prevailed at second and third doubles.
Natalie Phippen, who has not dropped a set in conference play this year entering Thursday’s anticipated showdown with No. 2-ranked Summer Brills of Mounds View, defeated Shay Eiden 6-3, 6-1 at first singles.
Savannah Johnson lost just one game in a victory over Molly Hynes at second singles while Aliza Deming dispatched Jackie Koenig 6-2, 6-1 at third singles. Jenna Sherrick closed out the singles sweep with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Celia Carlisano.
Hannah Quinn and Shelby Ahrendt recorded a 6-4, 6-3 victory for the Ponies at No. 2 doubles and teammates Maggie Corman and Jackie Ellingson prevailed 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles.
Cretin-Derham Hall’s lone point came at first doubles where Sarah Haley and Sara Pollei held off Robbie Ellingson and Shelby Anderson 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
n The Raiders upended Stillwater in three exhibition doubles matches on Tuesday. Amanda Williams and Remi Larson dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision while Emma Germundson and Elizabeth Quinn fell by a score of 7-5. Stillwater’s Emily Frenchik and Clara Ilkka also fell short by the score of 6-2.
n Stillwater’s JV team also remained unbeaten on Tuesday with a 6-1 victory over the Raiders.
Stillwater 6, Cretin-Derham Hall 1
No. 1 — Natalie Phippen (St) def. Shay Eiden, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 — Savannah Johnson (St) def. Molly Hynes, 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3 — Aliza Deming (St) def. Jackie Koenig, 6-2, 6-1.
No. 4 — Jenna Sherrick (St) def. Celia Carlisano, 6-4, 6-2.
No. 1 — Sarah Haley-Sara Pollei (C-DH) def. Robbie Ellingson-Shelby Anderson, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
No. 2 — Hannah Quinn-Shelby Ahrendt (St) def. Hildie Hoeschen-Mariah Montero, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 3 — Maggie Corman-Jackie Ellingson (St) def. Madelyn Voigt-Kennedy Minea, 6-1, 6-2.