OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Stillwater girls’ tennis team kicked off its season with a runner-up showing at the McGuire Invitational on Friday at Stillwater Area High School and followed that up with a 7-0 nonconference dual meet victory over North St. Paul on Tuesday.
The defending Suburban East Conference and Section 4AA champion Ponies, who are ranked 10th in the preseason state coaches poll, totaled 22 points to finish just two points behind Mahtomedi (24) in the team standings for the eight-team McGuire Invite. Forest Lake (20) and Rochester Century (19) placed third and fourth as just six points separated the top five teams.
“It was a good strong field with three state tournament teams from last year and two other section runner-ups,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said.
Century and Rochester Lourdes joined Stillwater in qualifying for state a year ago.
Stillwater won the opening match at six of the seven spots and were led by a first-place finish by No. 1 doubles team Jenna Sherrick and Hannah Quinn. The duo held off Mahtomedi’s Hannah Shands and Madison Fernandez 6-3, 2-6, (10-4) in the finals after winning the first two matches in straight sets.
The Ponies also received a runner-up showing from Aliza Deming at second singles and from three teams who combined to post a 2-1 record at third doubles. Deming cruised through the first two rounds before falling to St. Paul Central’s Zoe Klass-Warch 6-0, 6-0 in the finals.
1. Mahtomedi 24; 2. Stillwater 22; 3. Forest Lake 20; 4. Rochester Century 19; 5. St. Paul Central 18; 6. Apple Valley 15; 7. Rochester Lourdes 8; 8. Hill-Murray 7.
No. 1 — Savannah Johnson (1-2, 4th place): def. Haley Beath (H-M) 6-2, 6-1; lost to Katie Aney (RC) 6-3, 6-0; lost to Malini Wijesinghe (AV) 5-2, ret.
No. 2 — Aliza Deming (2-1, 2nd place): def. Sydney Allison (RL) 6-0 6-2; def. Chase Shortly (FL) 6-3, 6-4; lost to Zoe Klass-Warch (SPC) 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Shelby Anderson (1-2, 4th place): def. Taylor Angelo (FL) 6-3, 6-2; lost to Maggie Riermann (Mah) 6-2, 6-3, (10-2); lost to Caitlin Norman (SPC) 6-3, 6-1.
No. 4 — Stillwater (1-2, 4th place): Lexie Sherrick (St) def. Sam Rashid (RC) 6-2, 6-2; Olivia Anderson (St) lost to Gabby Dougan (AV) 6-0, 6-2; Hannah Glasrud (St) lost to Natalie Carlson (SPC) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — Jenna Sherrick-Hannah Quinn (3-0, 1st place): def. Nicole Pawek-Noel Bellows (AV) 6-1, 6-1; def. Jess Alexander-Lucy Hanson (RL) 6-3, 6-2; def. Hannah Shands-Madison Fernandez (Mah) 6-3, 2-6, (10-4).
No. 2 — Remi Larson-Emma Germundson (2-1, 5th place): lost to Erin Hoffman-Emily Fraser (Mah) 6-4, 4-6, (10-7); def. Michelle Hannasch-Elise Bonine (AV) 6-4, 6-3; def. Alexa Hazelton-Bailey Gabrielli (H-M) 6-1, 6-1.
No. 3 — Stillwater (2-1, 2nd place): Kelia Deming-Anna Corman (St) def. Ella Fackel-Florence Larkin (SPC) 6-1, 6-0; Emily Frenchik-Clara Ilkka (St) def. Linda Peng-Elizabeth Fink (RC) 6-3, 6-2; Amanda Williams-Elizabeth Quinn (St) lost to Lindsey Tilton-Risa Anderson (FL) 6-4, 6-4.
North St. Paul 0
At Oak Park Heights, the Ponies won all seven matches in straight sets to defeat the Polars in a nonconference dual meet on Tuesday at SAHS.
Savannah Johnson, Aliza Deming, Shelby Anderson and Lexie Sherrick each posted singles victory for Stillwater and its three doubles teams combined to lose just six games.
“It was a nice dual meet victory for the girls,” Kahl said.
n Also on Tuesday, Stillwater received exhibition singles victories from Liz Quinn, Clara Ilkka and Hannah Glasrud and a doubles victory from Kelia Deming and Eliza Weisberg.
North St. Paul 0
No. 1 — Savannah Johnson (St) def. Kyla Mittal, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 — Aliza Deming (St) def. Katie Roberto, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Shelby Anderson (St) def. Elizabeth Ly, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 — Lexie Sherrick (St) def. Taylor Thiets, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
No. 1 — Jenna Sherrick-Hannah Quinn (St) def. Emily LaCasse-Amy Glaus, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 2 — Remi Larson-Emma Germundson (St) def. Bobbie Morelli-Allison Ly, 6-0, 6-0.
No. 3 — Emily Frenchik-Amanda Williams (St) def. Hannah Egan-Gaby Roeve, 6-1, 6-3.