FAIRMONT - The Fairmont girls tennis team earned its first shutout of the season, defeating Worthington 7-0 on Thursday at Cardinal Courts in Fairmont.
At the beginning of the season the Cardinals discussed doing well in the playoffs meant that they needed to beat the teams that they thought that they should during the regular season.
Fairmont looked to be taking that advice to heart on Thursday, continuing to play tough from the first serve to the final point during their matches.
QUICK?REACTION — Fairmont senior Andrea Carstensen crushes a volley at the net during the third doubles match in nonconference tennis action against Worthington on Thursday at Cardinal Courts in Fairmont. (Photo by Kjestine Steinbring)
"I thought that tonight we showed great improvement across the board. Everyone got better today and it was exciting to hear that they were working on things we had talked about in practice yesterday, during their matches," said Fairmont head coach Kathy Krezel.
The senior undefeated duo of Briana Gratz and Andrea Carstensen started the successful night on the courts for the Cardinals at third doubles.
After cruising through the first set with a 6-1 win over Paige Stewart and Shelby Larson, Gratz and Carstensen made use of their serves to attack the Trojans at the net.
"We were just hitting all of our shots in the right place tonight," said Gratz.
In the second set Gratz sent a serve out wide for Larson and Carstensen responded by smashing the return down the middle of the court to puncuate another 6-1 set win.
"It was great to see the way that Briana and Andrea played together tonight. They came up with their own signals for each other and they are just meshing together really well right now on the court," said Krezel.
Allison Moeller and Ellie Tonder then combined for a pair of singles victories for Fairmont, winning their third and fourth singles matches.
Moeller handed Annie Lesnar a 6-1, 6-0 loss at No. 3 singles, before Tonder beat Alicia Khatt 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.
"I was really excited to see Ellie improve at the No. 4 spot. We've been switching it up between her and Sophie (Shelgren) and it is nice to be able to see them go back and forth between singles and doubles and each improved in their second singles match," said Krezel.
Shelgren teamed up again with Abby Fitzgerald in the No. 1 doubles position, beating Mackensie Carstensen and Laura Wetering 6-2, 6-1 to clinch the decisive fourth team point for the meet victory.
Missy Viesselman had a similar score on the second singles court, beating the Trojan's Rachel Drietz 6-1, 6-2.
Senior Aubrey Green handed her opponent, Emily Williamson, matching set losses of 6-3, 6-3 at first singles to sweep the singles bracket for the Cardinals.
Jill Paris and Shantel Quist then completed the shut out with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Sarah Janssen and Erika Schutte.
"For Jill and Shantel I thought that their energy actually went up as the match went along," said Krezel. "That could have been because it got a little cooler or because the match was almost over, but overall I thought that they did a great job of staying positive in their match. They could have folded after the close first set, but they didn't."
Fairmont (4-1) travels to Sleepy Eye for a 4:30 p.m. nonconference meet with River Valley on Tuesday.
Singles: Aubrey Green (F) d. Emily Williamson 6-3, 6-3. Missy Viesselman (F) d. Rachel Drietz 6-1, 6-2. Allison Moeller (F) d. Annie Lesnar 6-1, 6-0. Ellie Tonder (F) d. Alicia Khatt 6-0, 6-3.
Doubles: Abby Fitzgerald-Sophie Shelgren (F) d. Mackenzie Carstensen-Laura Wetering 6-2, 6-1. Jill Paris-Shantel Quist (F) d. Sarah Janssen-Erika Schutte 6-4, 6-2. Briana Gratz-Andrea Carstensen (F) d. Paige Stewart-Shelby Larson 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles: Madisyn Plumhoff-Lauren Carlson (F) d. Coral Owens-Kristy Workman 6-3. Anagha Komaragiri-Leah Fortune (F) d. Anna Kill-Kelly Newman 6-5. Jojo Kelley-Kaitlynn Cihoski (F) d. Becca Carstensen-Maer Koyo Abella 6-3. Haley Fogelson-Chloe Graif (F) d. Whitney Donkersloot-Apiwa Alwal 6-4. Emily O'Connor-Chloe Graif (F) d. McKayla Ebbers-Coral Owens 6-0. Whitney Donkersloot-Apiewa Alwal (W) d. Morgan Cihoski-Holly Petrowiak 6-3. Kristy Workman-Shelby Larson (W) d. Marina Speckman-Lydia Thatcher 5-1.
Blue Earth Area 7, Maple River 0 - The Bucs coasted to straight-set wins at all seven spots in the lineup to make a clean sweep of the Eagles on Thursday at Schroeder Courts in Blue Earth.
Karleigh Wolff rolled to back-to-back 6-0 set victories over Megan Langworthy at No. 1 singles, while Buc teammate Kaitlyn Olsen posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Hannah Proehl during second singles action.
Lindsey Prokop downed Rachel Rigdon, 6-1, 6-2, during third-singles action, while Anikka Wilhelmi completed BEA's sweep of the bracket by serving a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Cassie Barkosky at the No. 4 spot in the lineup.
The Bucs' No. 1 doubles tandem of Karli Olsen and Natali Fellows netted a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Emily Spear and Steph Beto, while Buc teammates Beka Krussow and Paige Darrington rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Haley Schulz and Mariah Proehl at second doubles.
Lacey Benz and Annaliese Klinkner wrapped up the Bucs' shutout by outlasting Sarah Stromer and Gwen Ward, 6-3, 6-4, at third doubles.
Blue Earth Area (7-1) opens South Central Conference action by playing host to St. Peter at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Blue Earth.
B.E. Area 7,
Maple River 0
Singles: Karleigh Wolff (BEA) d. Megan Langworthy, 6-0, 6-0. Kaitlyn Olsen (BEA) d. Hannah Proehl, 6-2, 6-1. Lindsey Prokop (BEA) d. Rachel Rigdon, 6-1, 6-2. Anikka Wilhelmi (BEA) d. Cassie Barkosky, 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles: Karli Olsen-Natali Fellows (BEA) d. Emily Spear-Steph Beto, 6-2, 6-4. Beka Krussow-Paige Darrington (BEA) d. Haley Schulz-Mariah Proehl, 6-1, 6-0. Lacey Benz-Annaliese Klinkner (BEA) d. Sarah Stromer-Gwen Ward, 6-3, 6-4.