Girls tennis: Three Ponies advance at section tourney
MINNEAPOLIS — The Stillwater girls’ tennis team advanced two entries to the semifinals of the Section 4AA individual tournament following three rounds of play on Thursday at the University of Minnesota’s Baseline Tennis Center.
Singles player Natalie Phippen advanced to the semifinals with two victories after receiving a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed and Stillwater is also represented in the doubles semifinals with Savannah Johnson and Aliza Deming, who played second and third singles for the Ponies throughout most of the season.
Stillwater’s other entries, singles player Jenna Sherrick and the doubles team of Robbie Ellingson and Shelby Anderson were bounced by the No. 1 seeds.
“It was a good day of tennis,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said.
Phippen, who has qualified for state in singles two of the past three years — and in doubles as an eighth-grader — cruised into the semifinals with victories over Hannah Croonquist of Tartan (6-0, 6-0) and Haley Beath of Hill-Murray (6-1, 6-1). She will face third-seeded Lauren Welch of White Bear Lake in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Jenna Sherrick, who played fourth singles for the team section champion Ponies this season, also played well on Thursday while posting victories over Paulina Vang of St. Paul Como Park (6-0, 6-0) and Sydney Munson of Roseville (7-5, 6-4). Top-seeded Helen Klass-Warch of St. Paul Central stopped Sherrick in the quarterfinals by a score of 6-2, 6-0.
Johnson and Deming, who are the No. 3 seed, blanked Meyayua Lee and Foua Khang of St. Paul Harding 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and followed with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Cretin-Derham Hall’s Sara Pollei and Sarah Haley. The Ponies duo advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Katie Altman and Sarah Link of Hill-Murray.
Stillwater’s other doubles entry Robbie Ellingson and Shelby Anderson defeated St. Paul Harding’s Pana Vue and Mai Vang 6-2, 6-1 before falling to No. 1 seed Taylor Anderson and Natalie Robinson of East Ridge 6-3, 6-4.
#2 Natalie Phippen — bye; def. Hannah Croonquist (Tar) 6-0, 6-0; def. #7 Haley Beath (H-M) 6-1, 6-1. Next: vs. #3 Lauren Welch (WBL) on Tuesday, 8 a.m.
Jenna Sherrick — def. Paulina Vang (SPCP) 6-0, 6-0; def. Sydney Munson (Ros) 7-5, 6-4; lost to #1 Helen Klass-Warch (SPC) 6-2, 6-0.
#3 Savannah Johnson-Aliza Deming — def. Meyayua Lee-Foua Khang (SPH) 6-0, 6-0; def. Sara Pollei-Sarah Haley (C-DH) 6-0, 6-3; def. Katie Altman-Sarah Link (H-M) 6-1, 6-3. Next: vs. #2 Jacqlyn Poss-Jordan Danielson (Ros) on Tuesday, 8 a.m.
Robbie Ellingson-Shelby Anderson — def. Pana Vue- Mai Vang (SPH) 6-2, 6-1; lost to #1 Taylor Anderson-Natalie Robinson (ER) 6-3, 6-4.