SHERBURN - The United South Central Rebels swept the singles bracket to help pace a 5-2 tennis victory over the Martin County West Mavericks in a Valley Conference meet Monday in Sherburn.
Shawna Dressen and Emily Lawrence teamed up for a first doubles win over Monica Bye and Kia Legred for one of the two Maverick points. After Dressen and Lawrence won the first set 6-1, Bye and Legred rebounded for a 6-1 second-set victory to send the match to a third set.
Trailing 2-1 in the third set, the Mavericks broke the Rebels' serve to make it 5-2. Lawrence held her serve to give the MCW?duo the final game and 6-2 match victory.
TWO-HANDED RETURN — Martin County West doubles player Shawna Dressen connects on a two-handed backhand return during prep tennis action against United South Central on Monday in Sherburn. Photo by Leanna Becker
"I think our first doubles team is very strong at the net and has more consistent serving," said Martin County West head coach Ross Bettin. "They started out playing second doubles, but earned their place at first doubles in a close challenge match at practice."
The Mavericks' second doubles team of KaLeigh Russenberger and Jennifer Hagen secured another point with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Joyce Rubio and Deanna Shellen.
The Rebels swept the singles bracket with Claire Christian claiming a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Kelci Russenberger at the No. 1 spot, while USC's Linsey Thisius downed Tori Russenberger, 6-2, 6-3, at second singles.
USC's Julia Stenzel effectively won the third singles match, beating Logan Weber 6-1, 6-1. Ali Wood completed the singles sweep and secured the team victory for the Rebels with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Megan Suter at the No. 4 position.
"We had some really great rallies and I'm really pleased with our strokes and the strategies we used. The wind created some problems for both sides, but today it they played well and we didn't get the bounces," said Bettin.
Veronica Schindler and Leah Meyer outlasted MCW's Ily Schlenk and Alisa Russenberger in a three-set third doubles match. Schlenk and Alisa Russenberger won the first set 6-3 with the help of strong net play.
The second set featured long rallies as the two teams battled it out for the set win. The Rebels won the second set 6-4 to send the match to a third set.
USC took an early 3-1 lead in the third set, but the Mavericks came back to tie it at 3-3. Both teams traded games back-and-forth until it was 6-6 and forced a tiebreaker.
The Rebels jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, before Schlenk and Alisa Russenberger won three points to make it 5-3. Schindler and Meyer won the next two points to win the final set, 7-6 (7-3).
Martin County West hosts River Valley at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Sherburn.
USC 5, MCW 2
Singles: Claire Christian (USC) d. Kelci Russenberger 6-1, 6-0. Lindsey Thisius (USC) d. Tori Russenberger 6-2, 6-3. Julia Stenzel (USC) d. Logan Weber 6-1, 6-1. Ali Wood (USC) d. Megan Suter 7-5, 6-2.
Doubles: Shawna Dressen-Emily Lawerence (MCW) d. Monica Bye-Kia Legred 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. KaLeigh Russenberger-Jennifer Hagen (MCW) d. Joyce Rubio-Deanna Shellen 6-0, 6-1. Veronica Schindler-Leah Meyer (USC) d. Ily Schlenk- Alisa Russenberger 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).
Blue Earth Area 6, Albert Lea 1 - The Bucs swept the doubles bracket to help pace a 6-1 nonconference dual-meet victory over the Tigers on Monday in Albert Lea.
Natali Fellows and Karli Olsen combined forces at No. 1 doubles to produce one of BEA's team points via a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Bailey Blickenderfer and Katlyn Larson.
Abby Nimz and Aeli Olson netted back-to-back 6-1 set wins over Laura Piper and Miriam Villagomez at second doubles, while Buc teammates Paige Darrington and Autumn Drake rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Elizabeth Ogunkanbi and Claire Ellis at the No. 3 spot in the bracket.
Lindsey Prokop generated a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Susie Marin at second singles for BEA, while teammate Annika Wilhelmi served a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Lynzee Underdahl at No. 3 singles.
No. 4 singles netter Kaitlyn Olsen wrapped up the Bucs' points by blanking Kristin Sandager, 6-0, 6-0.
Megan Gilbertson outlasted Karleigh Wolff at first singles, 6-4, 4-6, (10-5), to net the Tigers' only point.
Blue Earth Area (6-1, 1-0 South Central) travels to Wells today to face United South Central.
B.E. Area 6, Albert Lea 1
Singles: Megan Gilbertson (AL) d. Karleigh Wolff, 6-4, 4-6, (10-5). Lindsey Prokop (BEA) d. Susie Marin, 6-4, 6-0. Annika Wilhelmi (BEA) d. Lynzee Underdahl, 6-3, 6-0. Kaitlyn Olsen (BEA) d. Kristin Sandager, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: Natali Fellows-Karli Olsen (BEA) d. Bailey Blickenderfer-Katlyn Larson, 6-3, 6-2. Abby Nimz-Aeli Olson (BEA) d. Laura Piper-Miriam Villagomez, 6-1, 6-1. Paige Darrington-Autumn Drake (BEA) d. Elizabeth Ogunkanbi-Claire Ellis, 6-0, 6-0.