Swinging well at season’s start

Bluejacket Tennis earns home win over 7AA-partner Princeton, beats Royals: Cambridge-Isanti girls tennis maintained its strong roll to the start of the 2012 season with two more victories this past week, keeping their overall record perfect at 5-0.

Junior Nikki Hallstrom and freshman Jade Newman were in sync during their straight-sets win against Princeton Aug. 30. Photos by Greg Hunt

The Bluejackets enjoyed a fun home match against Section 7AA partner Princeton on Aug. 30. The Doubles pairings of Nikki Hallstrom & Jade Newman at 1st, Madi Booth & Ellie Osborne at 2nd, and Beth Hanson & Emily Baker at 3rd swept their matches while taking six-of-seven sets.

At 2nd Singles, Erika Schmieg pulled off a good rally to take set three 6-2. Kate Hanson, another varsity singles returner, from last season worked through a 7-4 tie-break in set two to help clinch the team victory. Princeton got wins from tough MaryClaire Mayerchak at 1st Singles and Bri Dorr at 3rd Singles.

Coach Lee Orvik: “This was a good team win. I was especially pleased with the performance of Erika Schmieg at 2nd Singles. After losing the first set, she become both more focused and more patient, and she pulled out an excellent three-set win against a strong competitor. We swept the Doubles, looking confident in every match. Princeton’s Singles lineup is very tough. Our team depth was an important factor in this win.”

Cambridge-Isanti 5, Princeton 2

Singles: A.Hanson lost Mayerchak 6-0, 6-0; Schmieg def Doyle 3-6, 7-5, 6-2; Page  lost Dorr 6-2, 6-2; K.Hanson def Trunk 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Doubles: Hallstrom/Newman def Hall/Stith 6-1, 6-3; Booth/Osborne def Wheeler/Stith 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; B.Hanson/Baker def Farley/Johnson 6-3, 6-1.

Freshman Kate Hanson stayed on a nice roll this season for C-I Tennis by winning matches in the team’s last two victories.

C-I tips host Rogers

On Sept. 4, the Bluejackets opened the Mississippi 8 season with a good road win against the Royals. Amanda Hanson and Kate Hanson won in straight sets in Singles. Working for Doubles victories were Hallstrom & Newman at 1st Doubles and B. Hanson and Baker at 3rd Doubles.

“Amanda Hanson played really well for us today. She beat a strong 1st Singles player from Rogers,” said Coach Orvik.

Cambridge-Isanti 4, Rogers 3

Singles: A.Hanson def Sporer 6-2, 7-6 (7-4); Schmieg lost Doyle 6-2, 7-5; Page  lost Fitzpatrick 6-3, 6-2; K.Hanson def Trunk Schultzen 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles: Hallstrom/Newman def Meyer/Koeppe 6-1, 6-0; Booth/Osborne lost Lunston/Jagannathan 7-5, 4-6, 6-2; B.Hanson/Baker def Farley/Johnson 7-5, 6-3.

Mississippi 8 Girls Tennis: Cambridge-Isanti 1-0, 5-0; St. Michael-Alb. 6-1; Buffalo 5-2; Monticello 2-3; Big Lake 1-2; Rogers 0-1, 0-3.