OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Stillwater girls’ tennis team overcame a last-minute lineup shuffle to defeat Hastings 5-2 in Tuesday’s Suburban East Conference dual at Stillwater Area High School.
Second singles player Aliza Deming was unable to compete because of illness, but the Ponies (2-0 SEC, 4-1) used a doubles sweep and victories at first and third singles to overcame the Raiders.
“We got thrown a curveball when we lost Aliza for the match due to an illness, but fortunately the girls stepped up and got the job done against a good conference opponent,” Kahl said.
Stillwater did not lose a set in doubles, led by Jenna Sherrick and Hannah Quinn with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph in the No. 1 spot. Remi Larson and Emma Germundson followed with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at second doubles while Emily Frenchik and Amanda Williams prevailed 6-1, 6-4 at the third spot.
Savannah Johnson picked up a key point at first singles for the Ponies, dispatching Jill Weinzettel 7-6, 6-1. Elizabeth Quinn followed with a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 win over Erin Henrichs at third singles. Johnson trailed 5-2 in the opening set before rallying to win the tie-breaker and cruised in the second set.
The Ponies were leading 5-0 in the match before Shelby Anderson and Lexie Sherrick lost in three sets at second and fourth singles.
“Doubles really came through with the sweep, but getting a singles point was no easy task,” Kahl said. “Unfortunately we lost three-setters at second and fourth singles, but it was a good team win.”
n Stillwater also won three exhibition matches on Tuesday, including an 8-3 singles victory by Clara Ilkka. Doubles teams Hannah Glasrud-Olivia Anderson and Kelia Deming-Eliza Weisberg also won doubles matches.
Stillwater 5, Hastings 2
No. 1 — Savannah Johnson (St) def. Jill Weinzettel, 7-6, 6-1.
No. 2 — Anna Foster (Has) def. Shelby Anderson, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3.
No. 3 — Elizabeth Quinn (St) def. Erin Henrichs, 7-5, 6-3.
No. 4 — Telma Roesler (Has) def. Lexie Sherrick, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).
No. 1 — Jenna Sherrick-Hannah Quinn (St) def, Sammy Dabruzzi-Lauren Mattmiller, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 — Remi Larson-Emma Germundson (St) def. Annika Peterson-Katie Roach, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 — Emily Frenchik-Amanda Williams (St) def. Sara Lund-Bailey Alter, 6-1, 6-4.
Mahtomedi 4, Stillwater 3
At Oak Park Heights, two of the leading contenders expected to battle for the title in Section 4AA, it was Mahtomedi that held the narrow edge on Friday while defeating Stillwater 4-3 in a nonconference girls’ tennis dual at Stillwater Area High School.
The Ponies (3-1) defeated the Zephyrs in the section finals a year ago and the teams were evenly matched for the regular season rematch on Friday.
Aliza Deming rallied for a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Emily Cooper at second singles to tie the match at 3-all with only third doubles left on the court. Stillwater’s Lexie Sherrick and Amanda Williams battled back from a 3-0 deficit for a 4-3 lead in that crucial third set, but Alex Kent and Anna Stutz rallied to win the last three games and secure the deciding point for the Zerphyrs.
“It was a heart-breaking loss, but a terrific early season match and hopefully a great learning tool for the girls,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “There were really good, high quality matches across the board.”
Stillwater collected victories at first and second doubles, but Deming produced the only singles victory against a young, but talented, Mahtomedi lineup that features just two juniors and one senior.
n Emily Frenchik and Clara Ilkka recorded an 8-3 doubles victory for the Ponies, who dropped two other exhibition doubles matches on Friday.
Mahtomedi 4, Stillwater 3
No. 1 — Olivia Paradise (Mah) def. Savannah Johnson, 6-3, 7-5.
No. 2 — Aliza Deming (St) def. Emily Cooper, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 — Hannah Shands (Mah) def. Jenna Sherrick, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 4 — Maggie Riermann (Mah) def. Elizabeth Quinn, 6-1, 7-5.
No. 1 — Shelby Anderson-Hannah Quinn (St) def. Meera Damodaran-Madison Fernendez, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
No. 2 — Remi Larson-Emma Germundson (St) def. Erin Hoffman-Emily Fraser, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 3 — Alex Kent-Anna Stutz (Mah) def. Lexie Sherrick-Amanda Williams, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.