OAK PARK HEIGHTS — The Ponies welcomed Aliza Deming back and that helped solidify the singles lineup as Stillwater upended East Ridge 5-2 in Thursday’s Suburban East Conference dual meet at Stillwater Area High School.
Deming, who was ill and missed victories over Hastings and Mounds Park Academy earlier this week, returned to the second spot and helped spark a singles sweep as Stillwater improved to 3-0 in conference play and 6-1 overall.
Savannah Johnson turned in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Nicole Robinson at first singles and Deming followed with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Anna Bearrood. Elizabeth Quinn finished strong while closing out Minh-Tu Van 7-5, 6-0 at third singles and Emma Germundson moved over from the doubles lineup to post a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Regan Dolezal at the fourth spot.
“It was a big win for us today,” Ponies coach Dave Kahl said. “Singles really got the job done against a very good team. Getting Aliza Deming back was a big boost for us and Savannah, Emily and Emma all ground out hard-fought matches.”
Stillwater also collected a straight set victory at second doubles with Remi Larson and Jenna Sherrick topping Megan Karrow and Audri Sturm 6-1, 6-4.
“Jenna and Remi teamed up for the first time and won impressively,” Kahl said.
The Raptors earned their only points at first and third doubles. Taylor and Natalie Robinson dispatched Shelby Anderson and Hannah Quinn 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles while teammates Sophie Stark and Katelyn Champoux had an easier time in posting a 6-0, 6-4 win over Stillwater’s Emily Frenchik and Amanda Williams.
Next week is an important one as Stillwater attempts to defend its conference championship with matches on the road against leading contenders Forest Lake (Tuesday) and Mounds View (Thursday) and a trip up north to the Hibbing Invitational on Sept. 14. The Rangers defeated Mounds View earlier this season.
n Kelia Deming and Eliza Weisberg posted a 6-0, 6-1 exhibition doubles victory for the Ponies on Thursday.
Stillwater 5, East Ridge 2
No. 1 — Savannah Johnson (St) def. Nicole Robinson, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 — Aliza Deming (St) def. Anna Bearrood, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 — Elizabeth Quinn (St) def. Minh-Tu Van, 7-5, 6-0.
No. 4 — Emma Germundson (St) def. Regan Dolezal, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 1 — Taylor Anderson-Natalie Robinson (ER) def. Shelby Anderson-Hannah Quinn 7-5, 6-2.
No. 2 — Remi Larson-Jenna Sherrick (St) def. Megan Karrow-Audri Sturm, 6-1, 6-4.
No. 3 — Sophie Stark-Katelyn Champoux (ER) def. Emily Frenchik-Amanda Williams, 6-0, 6-4.
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