C-I medals at M-8 tennis tourney

With the girls tennis season already heading down the home stretch, Cambridge-Isanti brought home three medals from the Oct. 1 Mississippi 8 Singles & Doubles Tourney hosted in Monticello.

Kate Lentz battled hard while winning her home match against Becker and at Saturday's conference Singles & Doubles Tourney.

Kate Hanson won the No. 3 Singles consolation championship, defeating Duda of St. Michael 6-0, 6-0 and Nyholm of Buffalo 7-6, 6-4 in her last two matches. Beth Hanson, new varsity member at No. 4 Singles, also was the consolation champ when she worked past Robertson of Big Lake 6-0, 6-1 and Rogers’ Fitzpatrick 6-3, 6-2.  Seniors Ashley Stahl & Katie Skalicky won 2nd-place medals at No. 4 Doubles by defeating Buffalo 6-2, 7-6 in their final match.

Kate Lentz was 4th at No. 2 Singles, dropping two close matches after defeating Big Lake’s Benker 6-1, 6-0 in the opener. Erika Schmieg had two close tie-break matches go the other way, including the consolation finals match. At No. 1 Doubles, Amanda Hanson & Nikki Hallstrom also dropped a tight match in their consolation finals. At No. 2 Doubles, Emily Baker & Danielle Page placed 4th.

Emily Baker and Danielle Page won their match against Becker Sept. 29 and placed 4th at the M-8 tourney.

On Sept. 29, the Jackets fell to visiting Becker 4-3 in their final M-8 dual match. Lentz prevailed at No. 2 Singles 6-1, 6-1. Also posting C-I victories were  Hanson & Hallstrom (6-2, 6-2) and Baker & Page (6-4, 6-4) at No. 3 Doubles.

“Becker is a really good team, and we nearly pulled out a win. We played very well with new faces and players playing new positions,” noted C-I Coach Lee Orvik.

C-I 6, North Branch 1

Prepping for next week’s playoffs, the Bluejackets defeated neighboring North Branch Oct. 4. Match scores:

1st singles:  Erika Schmieg defeated Kaymen Ebnet, 6-4, 6-2
2nd singles:  Kate Lentz defeated Alexis Ferguson, 6-0, 6-0
3rd singles:  Kate Hanson lost to Gabby Ruddy, 6-3, 6-2
4th singles:  Beth Hanson defeated Greta Lindberg, 6-2, 6-1
1st doubles:  Amanda Hanson / Nikki Hallsstrom defeated Autumn Ruddy / Cydney Betendorf, 6-0, 6-0
2nd doubles:  Roselyn Mork / Madi Booth defeated Christina Gamer / Alexann Koecher, 6-4, 6-2
3rd doubles:  Danielle Page / Emily Baker defeated Janice Elkerton / Morgan Van Linyen, 7-6 (3), 6-1

The No. 1 Doubles duo of Amanda Hanson & Nikki Hallstrom won their matches both against Becker and North Branch.

• The Jackets wrap up the regular season at home against Chisago Lakes Oct. 6, then the 7AA South Team Subsections begin on Monday. Seeding takes place Sunday night.

M-8 Girls Tennis

Rogers 5-0, 13-8; Buffalo 3-1, 4-7; St. Michael-Alb. 3-2, 13-7; Becker 2-3, 7-7; Monticello 2-3, 7-11; Cambridge-Isanti 1-5, 8-10; Big Lake 0-6, 0-11. Section 7AA leaders: Elk River 16-4; Forest Lake 14-3; Chisago Lakes 12-2; Duluth East 12-5; Andover 11-3.

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